Malaysia’s chances of gaining a medal in the badminton event for the 2016 Rio Olympics looks bright as for the first time, the national contingent will witness the representation of shuttlers in all 5 categories that will be competed in the prestigious event after the respective shuttlers booked their spots based on their current rankings.
Looking at the achievement, the Technical Director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Morten Frost Hansen, believes that the chances of gaining a medal in the men’s singles and men’s doubles category are highly achievable.
“Nothing is impossible, especially with the performance that they have shown thus far allows us to believe that they can bring back a medal,” he told Sinar Harian.
“We still have three months to prepare but before concentrating on the Olympics, we will focus on the upcoming Thomas Cup,” he explained.
The national badminton team will be led by Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles event, who is also the current world number 2. The men’s doubles will be represented by Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong while Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei will be taking over the women’s department. Tee Jing Yi will be playing in the women’s singles event as Chang Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will be competing in the mixed doubles category.
Morten has gone on to praise the accolades of the shuttlers and hopes that they will put up a satisfying performance in the global event.