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06 Ogos 2012

Aku dan Olympic London 2012 (Siri 2)

Olimpik London 2012.
Tinggal 6 hari aje lagi.
Apa yang tinggal untuk kita?
Harapan untuk pingat emas pertama dah punah.
Memanah? Suku Akhir.
Terjun Kolam? Corot.
Lumba basikal? Suku Akhir.
Olahraga? Kumpul pengalaman.
Dah akhirnya badminton pun sama.
Kempunan lagilah nampaknya kita.
Kempunan nak makan nasi kandar percuma.
Kempunan nak makan ais krim percuma.

Tapi Lee Chong Wei memang terbaik.
Dia dan Lin Dan memang sama handal.
Permainan paling menarik pernah aku saksikan.
Debarannya menakutkan.
Terutama dalam set ketiga.
Walaupun bukan emas yang dia dapat,
padaku dia tak kalah.
Hanya 2 mata memisahkannya.
Hanya nasib kurang baik membezakannya.

Olimpik London 2012.
Ramai suka tengok Beach Volleyball.
Tapi aku tak suka.
Aku lebih suka tengok acara berbasikal Velodrom.
Macam tengok movie Tron.
Pakaian ketat berwarna terang.
Otot paha berketul-ketul.
Juga basikal dan topi yang aerodynamic.
Acara lumba basikal Velodrom memang pelik.
Bukan setakat guna kekuatan otot paha.
Kena juga ada taktik dan teknik berlumba yang betul.
Yang di depan tak semestinya menang.
Yang di belakang tak semestinya kalah.

Kepada Lee Chong Wei.
Tidak perlu dikesalkan.
Tidak perlu memohon maaf.
Anda telah memberikan segala-galanya.
Anda layak dapat datuk sekali lagi.
Tan Sri pun layak.
Bukan macam Ajai.


Another heart-breaking defeat

COMMENT By RAJESH PAUL

 ANOTHER close affair. Another heart-wrenching defeat. And the long wait for the country's first gold medal at the Olympic Games continues. Malaysia's Datuk Lee Chong Wei tried his mightiest to come good what is likely to be his last Olympic Games but China's Lin Dan stood in his way again.
And the Chinese World No 1 reigned supreme with another stellar show to defend his men's singles title in superb style he even shed tears of joy for the very first time. The hearts of millions of Malaysian fans went to Chong Wei who played one of his best matches before falling short yet again losing 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 to a pumped-up Lin Dan. It feels as if the Malaysian is jinxed at the historical Wembley Arena, where many greats have made their names over the years.
Just a year ago at the same venue, Lin Dan dashed his hope of becoming the first world champion, beating the Malaysian in the same manner and also by two points.
Chong Wei sank to the ground yesterday with stark disappointment written all over his face. Everyone could feel his inner pain. This was his last chance to settle a score with the mighty Lin Dan in the biggest sporting arena, but he will remain in the shadows of the Super Dan.
Lin Dan too was on the ground in tears as national chief coach Li Yongbo was all over him. Lin Dan's emotional outburst was understandable as he really had to dig deep into his reserves to become the first men's singles player to defend a badminton gold at the Olympic Games.
Despite the heartbreak, the 29-year-old Chong Wei can pick himself up with dignity and pride. The Malaysian people are proud of his fighting display. The Malaysians are proud of his amazing comeback from an injury during the Thomas Cup two months ago to give Lin Dan an almighty fight. The Malaysians are simply proud of his steely determination.
He won a silver again for the country and it could well be the only medal for the nation once again in the Games.
Chong Wei has shown that he had closed the gap on Lin Dan, and could even have got the better of him but for that ankle injury. He showed every youngster looking up to him that the word “give up” was not in his vocabulary. For his determination, he will still be the country's sporting hero.
The sad thing is that Chong Wei could be the last Malaysian to create such a buzz in the country for a long time. The support he received was overwhelming as everyone, no matter what their race or political belief, was united in supporting for him.
Can there be another Chong Wei? Can there be another badminton player or even be a medal contender at the next Olympic Games in Rio four years down the road? The answer, for now, is grim indeed.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) entourage was in London to support Chong Wei.
The decision makers have a lot of things to deal with as the party is over. They can either coax Chong Wei to stay on until the Rio Games to save their places in the association or really work some magic to find new talents.
> The writer is a veteran badminton journalist who has been reporting on the sport for 15 years and has been following Chong Wei's progress since he broke into the national junior team in 1999.

2 ulasan:

  1. DLCW memang atlet contoh..muka dia sendiri nampak humble...

    LinDan mmg org panggil robocop...he is too good.

    ps: why Ajai? saya tak faham...dia dpt Datuk ke???

    BalasPadam
    Balasan
    1. Mingguan Malaysia kelmarin.
      Ada rumour.
      Ajai dapat Datuk.

      Sekarang ni pun ada persatuan baru.
      Artis2 yang ada title Datuk,
      dah ada kelab sendiri.

      Padam