Malaysia’s Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has called on fans to stop criticising Lee Chong Wei as the shuttler is well aware of what he is doing.
Chong Wei recently slammed Malaysian badminton fans for refusing to support him through thick and thin, and there are still some who are not convinced about his form even though he triumphed in the last three Superseries events in France, China and Hong Kong.
Some fans have even gone as far as saying that Chong Wei’s success will dry up prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
However, Khairy has come to the world number three’s defence by lashing out at his critics.
“How can we think that way? When he loses, we criticize him. When he wins, we say he’s hitting form way too early,” Khairy told Sinar Harian. “I think Chong Wei knows what he’s doing and we’ll be helping him out in maximizing his preparation, before he heads out to Rio.”
After triumphing at the Hong Kong Open last weekend, Chong Wei withdrew from the ongoing Macau Open after admitting that he was fatigued.
The former world number one failed to qualify for the BWF World Superseries Finals in Dubai as he did not secure enough points from this year’s Superseries events to finish as one of the top eight shuttlers.
Chong Wei will now have some time to rest and recuperate before returning to action at the 2016 Malaysia Masters in January.