Monday, August 6, 2012

Datuk Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia's Badminton King

From Wikipedia.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei (born October 21, 1982 in Bagan Serai, Perak) is a professional badminton player from Malaysia who hails from Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

As a singles player, Lee was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from August 21, 2008 to June 14, 2012.

He is the third Malaysian men's singles shuttler after Rashid Sidek and Roslin Hashim to achieve such a ranking and the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the ranking for more than two weeks.

Lee is a silver medalist in both the 2012 Olympic Games and 2008 Olympic Games, the first Malaysian to reach the final of the men's singles and ended Malaysia's Olympic medal drought since the 1996 Games.

His 2008 achievement earned him the title Datuk from the 13th King of Malaysia Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is an ardent fan of Lee.

He is the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history.

In his early years, Lee favoured basketball.

Lee took interest in badminton at 11.

He joined the national squad at 17.

Lee's autobiography Dare To Be A Champion was published on January 18, 2012.