BAM will sup­port World No 1 as long as he wants to play

New Straits Times - - Sport -

should do ev­ery­thing it can to pro­vide for the 35-year-old World No 1 who still has a strong will to go on.

“I have said this be­fore, that when it con­cerns Chong Wei, we will have to look at things in stages. This year, the main fo­cus is the Sudirman Cup (May) and the World Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow (Au­gust). Any de­ci­sion will be re­viewed af­ter these com­pe­ti­tions.

“He has a strong will to con­tinue play­ing, so I don’t think it’s right for us to push him to­wards re­tire­ment. If he can per­form and still wants to play at the high­est level, then we will en­cour­age him and sup­port him in ev­ery pos­si­ble way,” said Al Amin, who was at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) to wel­come back Chong Wei from his All Eng­land tri­umph.

Al Amin’s com­ments came fol­low­ing Chong Wei’s an­nounce­ment to de­fend his All Eng­land ti­tle next year de­spite ear­lier in­di­ca­tions that he was go­ing to call it a day af­ter the world cham­pi­onships.

The BAM chief added that Chong Wei is an out­stand­ing ath­lete and should be ev­ery ath­lete’s role model.

“We must try to un­der­stand how Chong Wei can still go on de­spite age catch­ing up. Apart from his de­sire to suc­ceed, his level of fit­ness and dis­ci­pline is some­thing we can­not ig­nore.

“For me, age is just a num­ber when it comes to Chong Wei. If he is mo­ti­vated, I don’t see why he can’t go on for a few more years.”

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