Sunday August 5, 2012
Chong Wei-mania spills over to British High Commission
By PAUL GABRIEL
KUALA LUMPUR: It's “Chong Wei-mania” even at the British High Commission.
High Commissioner Simon Featherstone has offered to host a bash for Datuk Lee Chong Wei if he wins the gold medal in the final today.
The envoy met the badminton superstar before the latter's departure for the London Olympiad to offer him words of encouragement.
“I was impressed by his sporting prowess, humility and sincerity in wanting to make Malaysia proud. He has done well in the competition so far, and all of us in the High Commission wish him success in the final.
“I would love to host a celebration for him on his return with Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal,'' Featherstone told The Star.
Chong Wei can bank on his “good fortune” with the High Commission when it comes to him pulling off a first in England.
Then High Commissioner Boyd McCleary, a fan of Chong Wei, had wished him luck before the All-England championships in Wembley in 2010.
Chong Wei went on to beat Kenichi Tago to bag his first All-England crown and retained the title last year after beating Lin Dan, who is his opponent today.
He returned to be feted by Boyd at the High Commissioner's residence.
After tucking in to specially-prepared cucumber sandwiches, fruit cake and curry puffs and sparring with Boyd, a former badminton player, Chong Wei was mobbed by high commission staff who wished him well for the Olympic gold.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, during his visit to Malaysia in April, had also wished Malaysia well in its quest for a first Olympic gold.
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