KUALA LUMPUR JULY 31: The long awaited medal winner at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 was finally realised when badminton men’s double, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik (pic) won the bronze medal after defeating the 6th world ranking pair from Indonesia 17-21, 21-18, 21-14.
The Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said, Alhamdulillah, the “rezeki” or first medal is awarded to Malaysia on the ninth day of the Olympic Games.
“Even though the double men’s players did not succeed in defending the silver medal that was won by the doubles Goh V Shem- Tan Wee Keong at Rio 2016 Olympic Games but the determination showed by Aaron-Wooi Yik to win the bronze medal made everybody proud of them.
“I could see the seriousness of Aaron and Wooi Yik through their energetic performances just now. I know it is not easy to face the opponents that are more experienced and this is also their first appearance at the Olympics.
“I am sure all the Malaysians are happy and proud of them with this success.
Congratulations Aaron-Wooi Yok,” said Reezal in his facebook post today.
Reezal added, he would also like to record his appreciation to Coach Flandy, Coaching Director Choon Hann and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), who have succeeded in training the double players until they reach at this level.
This is also the product of the hard work from all parties that have made the Olympics’ dream into a reality.
“Continue working hard. Make this success as a “burner” to create more successes. We will pray for the success of the national athletes who are still in their struggle to win in the Olympics,” Reezal reiterated. – Malaysia World News