TEXT BY BAM STAFF
As the preparation for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 intensifies and with the qualification tournaments starting in May 2023, BAM will propose to the Road to Gold (RTG) Committee, the appointment of Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, the former world No. 1 and three-time Olympics medallist, as the Team Manager for the RTG Badminton Team in Paris 2024.
“Chong Wei is a legend and was among the greatest players in the world. Therefore, he is the best candidate to shoulder this pivotal task. Chong Wei ticks all the boxes. He has volumes of knowledge, has first-hand experience from his playing days, knows the needs of the modern-day players and is widely respected by players,” BAM President Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Norza said today. “There is no better person to be the Team Manager as we seek to achieve our golden dreams in Paris.”
Chong Wei, 41, silver medallist at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics, was delighted at the prospect of guiding our gold medal prospects and has vowed to help the Malaysian shuttlers in their quest for glory next year. “While I am already part of the RTG Committee, if appointed as the RTG Badminton Team Manager, this will mean an increased focus on badminton and a closer hands-on role in terms of assisting them in their preparation.”
“This is an enormous responsibility, but if appointed, I am ready to take it on and play my part to help Malaysia. Winning our first-ever Olympic gold medal has become a national agenda, and it is the hope of every Malaysian. Of course, I realise the difficulties of this job, but I am thrilled at the prospect of have been selected,” said Chong Wei who is also a member of the ABM Technical Advisory Panel.
The national icon expressed his thanks to Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Norza for his trust. “There will be many challenges along the way, both for the team and me as team manager, but we must do our very best for the sake of the millions of Malaysian fans.”