COMMENT | If I were to tell Lee Zii Jia that he is not champion material, he would probably be able to take it with a smile. At least, I hope so.
Our men’s top singles shuttler exited tamely on the first round of the just-concluded Malaysian Open, a top-tier 1000 tournament.
This is quite an embarrassment for Lee personally as he is ranked Number Two in the world and a cruel disappointment for Malaysian badminton fans as it was a crushing defeat right on home ground.
As a professional athlete, Lee would have learned to take criticisms in his stride, being fully aware that winning and losing are part and parcel of the game. If he can’t take the heat and go whining and give flimsy excuses every time he is defeated instead, then he is truly no champion material.