Sunday August 5, 2012
Malaysians in high spirits as Chong Wei gears up for gold

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Boleh spirit is soaring as the entire nation gears up for tonight’s Olympic gold medal clash between Datuk Lee Chong Wei and arch-rival Lin Dan of China.

Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association vice-president and coaching chairman Gopal Krishnan said he expected the match to be the best ever between the duo.

“Both players are evenly matched. Lin Dan is younger and faster but Chong Wei has the endurance and patience of a champion,” said Gopal, who played for Perak during the 1960s.

Subang Jaya Badminton Club president Alvin Chai, 27, and his band of badminton enthusiasts said hopes were high to finally see a Malaysian clinch an Olympic gold.

Chai said he and his friends would be cheering Chong Wei in their favourite mamak restaurant after their Sunday badminton outing.

‘It is an even game on a neutral ground’ – Lee Chong Wei (left)
“Based on the way Chong Wei has been playing in London, Lin Dan is going to be in for the fight of his life!” he said.

Despite having to work today, guitar tech and instructor Joshua Chin said he would stream the match online “as I don’t want to miss a thing”.

“I am an ardent badminton and a Chong Wei fan, how could I ever miss what could be one of Malaysia’s defining moments?” he said.

Engineer Gurmesh Singh, 27, will be rooting for Chong Wei from an offshore oil rig in Saudi Arabia he will follow the game via live online streaming.

“I will be joined by my other Malaysian and Indonesian colleagues. There is no way we are going to miss the final,” he added.

“Lin Dan will be Done’,” he quipped.