CHONG WEI JOINS MALAYSIAN NAVY

Its now Lt Commander Dato Lee Chong Wei as he was inducted into the Royal Malaysian Navy today.

Chong Wei received the honorary lieutenant commander of the Royal Malaysian Navy Volunteer Reserve (PSSTLDM) award from Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Ministry of Defence.

The nations best hope for Olympic gold described the award, effective May, as the impetus for his success in the London Olympics at the end of this month.

And that says Chong Wei is a tremendous boost in his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics that get underway in three weeks time.

“Now I can also salute after I defeat Lin Dan on the court as before this he used to do that,” said Chong Wei  in reference to his nemisis Lin Dan who is a member of the Chinese Army.

“Putting that aside I am really honoured and elated at being picked and given this rank. It is a honour personally as well as badminton in particular and sports in general. This is a recognition that the government recognise the sacrifices made by sportsmen.”

Chong Wei also let the cat out of the bag in regards to ending his bachelorhood.

“I will settle down next year and most are aware who my future wife will be. But at the moment it is the Olympics that remain as the focus and I shall make a formal announcement after the Olympics,” said Chong Wei who added that he has never named his future wife.

“It is a personal matter and I hope all can respect both her and me as well as our respective families and not speculate on the candidate.”

Chong Wei will meet the media on Friday, July 6 at Stadium Juara at 1030am, most likely his last public event before he flies to Bath on July 12 for a two week training camp prior  to the Olympics.