By Nursyabiha Sukri
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) -- National badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei said the success of a player depends on his own desire and fighting spirit, even though various facilities are there to raise the best badminton players.
Chong Wei, when met said junior players such as Lee Zii Jia, Soong Joo Ven and Leong Jun Hao were among the next generation of players with great potential but if they have no mission and vision in their badminton career, all the advantages would go to waste.
The triple Olympic silver medalist said lanky 20-year-old Zii Jia at 186 cm tall has a bright future if he keeps his focus on the game.
"I am confident that whoever works hard in training and study the technical game of senior players as well as world leading players, will be able to join the ranks of the world's top 10 players in two to three years."
"Give them time. I know these young players are aware of what they want in their badminton career. Badminton is a skill sport. If players have skills, talent and diligence, they can succeed," he said after a training session at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara.
Based on world rankings as at May 31, the gap between Chong Wei, ranked 7th with Lee Zii Jia who is ranked 45th is very wide while Joo Ven (59th) and June Hao (77th) are further away.....