Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei believes that the strong support of various races shows that sport can unite people all over the world.
Lee, who was among the medal winners as Malaysia brought home four silvers and a bronze from the Rio Olympics, felt that the medal haul was the best way for the country’s national athletes to celebrate Malaysia’s National Day on Wednesday.
“I am very happy with the support of the people, the Chinese, Malays and Indians. We are all Malaysians,” said the current world number one.
“I hope this support will continue although I will no longer feature in the Olympics,” he said after the National Day message by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is the best achievement of the contingent to the Olympic Games,” he added. “Previously, Malaysia won only one or two medals.”
Earlier, Lee received a standing ovation with some badminton fans screaming his name as he arrived to attend the ceremony, while Pandelela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hoong, Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon and Azizulhasni Awang were also given standing ovations
Awang, who won Olympic bronze in the men’s cycling keirin event, added: “I am very grateful for the peace and prosperity that we have enjoyed all these years.”