Wei Feng: I need more time

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Chong Wei Feng has called on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) not to make any rash decisions and to give him more time to prove himself. 

Wei Feng’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympics have been dented after failing to make his mark since reaching the semi-finals of the Vietnam Open in August. 

On Sunday, BAM coaching and training committee chairman Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said that he had been disappointed with Wei Feng and his compatriot, Liew Daren’s, performances and questioned whether BAM should keep them on board. 

However, Wei Feng, who is currently ranked 36th in the world, has vowed to prove his worth to Norza and BAM in the tournaments leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Wei Feng has, on numerous occasions, expressed his desire to represent Malaysia in the Olympics, but he has to be ranked in the top 16 by next April in order to do so. 

“I know I’ve not been in the best of form,” Wei Feng told The Star. “I still have about eight more tournaments next year before the Rio Games. I’m looking forward to them. I’m training as hard as everybody else.

“I know youngsters from other countries are playing better, but it’s getting more difficult. I still believe that I can play much better and achieve better results.”