Forgotten Olympians

UPDATE 11.20am: Chong Wei arrived at KLIA at 7.30am and was ushered out by 8.30pm.

When interviewed by Astro Awani's sports desk, Chong Wei said he will try for the 2016 Olympics and revealed it could be in the (mixed) doubles event. Was it a joke or something he is seriously toying with? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, read here for Chong Wei's 2016 dream.
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Top national shuttler and London Olympics silver medalist Lee Chong Wei is expected to return to a hero's welcome at the KL International Airport at abour 7.30am.

Despite having failed to net the gold medal, Chong Wei is still considered a national hero after putting up a gritty display against Lin Dan before losing 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 in the men's singles final on Sunday.

DSC_0355iWhile the younger generation get excited over the return of Chong Wei, a former Olympian is set to make his way to our Parliament at noon.

Former national cyclist Ng Joo Pong is expected to meet Minister in the Prime Minister's department Nazri Aziz at Parliament. It remains unclear to what brought about the meeting.

Joo Pong, who now drives a cab for a living, represented Malaysia at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Games and the 1966 Asian Games.

Joo Pong is a reminder of how sporting heroes are easily forgotten. Having made the nation proud in the 60s, many do not remember who Joo Pong is or how he looks like.

But it indeed heart warming that some have taken the liberty to document Joo Pong's journey. The picture above was taken from Malaysia Sports History while the second picture was taken from Pearlz of Tots.

Here's hoping the likes of our Olympians especially the medal winners; Sidek brothers - Jalani, Razif, Rashid - Cheah Soon Kit, Yap Kim Hock and Chong Wei will be remembered for a long time.

Let's celebrate our national athletes - Malaysia's true heroes.

HD says: Thank you all.

Comments

  1. I think DLCW can chllenge for mixed double gold in 2016 olympic. He has already proven to be national no 1 mixed pair with vivian khoo when trouncing chan and goh in selangor open final early this year without having proper training. Imagine if he is serious about it, he might be up there with other world top pairs.

    Yan

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