Yesterday, Malaysians were indeed in a mess of emotions all the way from morning till night. Apart from our nation’s crumbling political scene, we witnessed the epic battle between national badminton player, Lee Zii Jia (李梓嘉) and China’s Chen Long in the Round of 16 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This was indeed a tough badminton game as both players were equally competent and skilful in playing to their strengths.
As much as we hoped for Lee Zii Jia to win, it was Chen Long who won the game that lasted for 3 rounds. The 23-year-old player who’s currently ranked 8th in the world, stated in an Instagram post, that he was sorry to let everyone down as he had hoped that his win in the Olympics would give some motivation to all the Malaysians and fans especially during this pandemic. He evidently did his best, and hopefully, he could make an even stronger comeback in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
During one of the short intervals during the game, it could be seen that the coach was advising Chen Long to hit Lee Zii Jia on both sides — an ultimate strategy!
Following this, social media influencer and MY fm DJ, Phei Yong (培永), tagged Lee Zii Jia on his Instagram Stories and told him to beware of both sides. And our beloved national athlete’s, response was hilarious. He replied, “Thank you, but it’s too late.”
After that, Zii Jia, replied to the influencer again and asked, “Can I bring you with me to the next competition? Be a spy for me.” The influencer then, posted a poll on his Instagram Stories, asking his followers whether he should accept the offer or not in the funniest way possible!
The first option was to “hurry and go” and the second one was “remember to bring banana” with Chen Long’s picture right beside the second choice. This hilarious incident was brought to light by Twitter user, @skzcircus who is evidently, an ardent fan of Lee Zii Jia.
Pls this is so funny
So the China coach told Chen Long to hit Lee zii jia on his both sides. (He really think Malaysian Chinese dk what he's saying huh?) So a chinese influencer tagged lzj and asked him to beware of his both sides. lzj then replied "thank you but it's too late"🤣 pic.twitter.com/wstWOqcZb4
— ZHI🧸 not active (@skzcircus) July 30, 2021
Nevertheless, the All England winner has won the hearts of Malaysians both far and near despite the loss. It was a great game and we hope to see Lee Zii Jia, soaring high in the next Olympics and in the subsequent badminton championships to come.