Tuesday January 22, 2013
Shabery: Athletes should not use marriage as excuse for inept show
KUALA LUMPUR: Athletes should not use marriage as an excuse for below-par performances or be an obstacle to success.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said athletes should instead use marriage as a motivation or inspiration to perform better in their respective events.
“World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and national goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat are the two athletes who excel in their respective fields despite being married.
“Chong Wei did not use marriage as an excuse but rather showed that he is still able to perform at the highest level and win. Just look at his performances at the recent Korean Open and just concluded Malaysian Open.
“After winning the Korean Open, he won the Malaysian Open for a record nine times and nothing seems to have doused his desire or determination to win,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a sponsorship deal between the National Sports Council (NSC) and 100PLUS here yesterday. – Bernama