The Legends’ Vision in Jakarta - Player Introduction: Lee Chong Wei

A National Hero. That is how Lee Chong Wei is described by the prime minister of his home country Malaysia. It is hard to argue with this glowing tribute and his inclusion as a Legend of badminton is just as fitting.

Drafted into the national squad at just 17 in 2002 and destined for greatness; Lee Chong Wei became the 3rd Malaysian to be ranked world number 1 and the only to hold the spot for over a year. From August 2008, Lee Chong Wei re-wrote the record books and defied all odds by holding the BWF number 1 ranking for 199 consecutive weeks to June 2012. A legendary feat.

His illustrious career includes 57 career titles with back-to-back YONEX All England titles in 2010 and 2011 and a further success in 2014. The Commonwealth Games in 2006 saw two further Gold medals for individual and team events which were to be retained in 2010. Amongst other career titles stand the Asia Championships, Southeast Asia Games, 2 World Championships silver medals and 2 Olympic Silver medals.

A fierce competitor whatever the event, Lee Chong Wei is renowned for his excellent defensive play with lightning quick reactions and footwork. His signature shot, the forehand net lift, is a thorn in the side of any opponent and a rally ending shot.

A philanthropist and UNICEF ambassador, Lee Chong Wei’s vision is to spread interest in badminton, inspiring others by demonstrating his undoubtable ability in both training and matches.

Through the Legend’s Vision, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade have collaborated with YONEX to further enrich the world through sport, providing happier and healthier lifestyles in today’s aspiring badminton stars.