“Saya minta maaf tak dapat beri emas Olimpik untuk negara.” – Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei

Pengumuman persaraan Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei yang dibuat semalam telah menghadirkan pelbagai reaksi daripada jutaan peminat sukan badminton Tanah Air dan juga seluruh dunia.

Macam mana dengan impian Olimpik saya?

Umum sedia maklum bahawa sebelum ini Lee Chong Wei pernah dilaporkan menghidapi kanser hidung dan mendapat rawatan di luar negara. Perkara tersebut membuatkan prestasinya agak merundum kerana fokusnya tertumpu kepada rawatan.

Semalam, jaguh negara ini telah memuat naik kapsyen panjang lebar di Instagramnya dengan menceritakan serba sedikit titik permulaannya mengambil keputusan berehat dalam arena sukan badminton.

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To all my family friends and fans. To everyone of you who have been a part of my life, thank you. A real big sincere thank you. Months ago, all of you knew I had cancer. I fought it. And I thought I fought it well. I thought I could try one more time. I am just someone who love to play badminton. Someone who love my country. I feared of retiring with regrets. I was scared of not delivering that elusive Olympic gold for Malaysia. So when I was cleared of cancer, I took up my racquet and trained once again. After few days of light training, I wanted to get clearanyce from my doctor to heighten my training intensity, then i was dealt a major blow. From that scan, doctor shook his head and said i might face the risk of recurrence if I continue to train. Mew Choo crumbled crying. She feared i might be stubborn and continue to pursue my dream. I was at loss. I thought “How am I supposed to hang up my racket after nearly twenty years of competitive badminton?, “ How about my Olympic dreams?” At home, i kept myself occupied with my two sons, Kingston and Terrence. I bathed them, I fed them, I taught them badminton. I spent time with them. Most importantly, I really watched them grew up. Then it struck me to finally make up my mind. I shouldn’t be so selfish. I have played for myself, I have played for my country. This time, I want to play the role of a father, for long long time. I want to see them grow up to be proper men, to get married, to have kids. I want to take care of my wife when she is old too. So Yes, I have made my decision to quit. I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it to Tokyo this time around. And I’m sorry I didn’t deliver an Olympic gold. But I know I’ve no regrets as I’ve tried my best. My very best. I hope my name Lee Chong Wei has inspired you all one way or another, same like the way you guys inspired me. Without my family, my teammates, my coaches, and my supporters, I won’t achieve anything. I had no regrets. When i started playing badminton, all I wanted to do is to represent Malaysia. And I believed I did it with pride and honour. Well. I’m done. Thank you very much to all of you. Lee Chong Wei signing out.

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Sampai isteri menangis

Chong Wei memberitahu bahawa selepas pulih dari kanser, beliau terus mencapai raket dan mula berlatih bagi persediaan untuk ke Olimpik. Namun, beliau akan berdepan risiko atas kesihatannya jika meneruskan latihan. Hal tersebut membuatkan isteri tersayang menangis kerana Chong Wei begitu degil untuk mengejar impiannya.

I was scared of not delivering that elusive Olympic gold for Malaysia. So when I was cleared of cancer, I took up my racquet and trained once again.

doctor shook his head and said i might face the risk of recurrence if I continue to train.

Mew Choo crumbled crying. She feared i might be stubborn and continue to pursue my dream.

Saya tak boleh pentingkan diri sendiri

Selepas berfikir, dia akhirnya memilih untuk bersara kerana mengenangkan anak-anaknya yang kurang masa bersama dirinya disebabkan terlalu fokus berbakti untuk negara. Dalam kapsyen tersebut juga, Lee Chong Wei turut mengatakan bahawa dirinya bukanlah dilahirkan untuk memperoleh pingat emas untuk Olimpik.

“At home, i kept myself occupied with my two sons, Kingston and Terrence.”

“Then it struck me to finally make up my mind. I shouldn’t be so selfish. I have played for myself, I have played for my country. This time, I want to play the role of a father, for long long time.”

“And I’m sorry I didn’t deliver an Olympic gold.”

Inspirasi untuk semua atlet

Menerusi posting yang dibuat itu, rata-rata netizen telah menurunkan maklum balas yang pelbagai di Instagram miliknya. Mereka cukup terharu dengan sumbangan jaguh badminton ini dan mendoakan agar terus maju jaya bersama keluarga.

Anda tidak perlu katakan maaf

Datuk dah cuba yang terbaikMalaysia akan sentiasa mengingati anda

Sumber : Lee Chong Wei

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