Chong Wei-Mew Choo: A badminton love story

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KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven years ago, she was 17 going on 18 and he was 18 going on  19. Both were just on the threshold of their careers. Now,  both are  successful adults who have achieved outstanding feats.

World No. 1 men’s badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei and his soon-to-be  bride, former national singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo, were brought together by  their love and passion for badminton.

They met in 2001 at a national badminton camp here when they were both  back-up shuttlers for the Malaysian squad.

During the time, little did they know how their love for the game would  intertwine them on a journey of a lifetime together.

“I’ve known Mew Choo since my junior days and we’ve had our ups and downs  over the last 11 years.

“Of course, there have been misunderstandings but she has always stood by  me.

“She knew me and liked me even when I was a nobody and she has not  changed.

“She has waited for me for a long time and I decided it was time to marry  her. She is one patient woman and I like that quality in her,” said Chong  Wei.

As for Ipoh-born Mew Choo, she wanted to marry Chong Wei because of “his  sincerity”.

Their relationship was not always a bed of roses. It was marred by a  break-up as well as controversial rumours involving Chong Wei.

When the couple announced that they had ended their courtship in 2009, the  media speculated that it was due to Chong Wei’s affair with a South Korean  player, Hwang Hye-youn. (Chong Wei was undergoing training in South Korea that  year).

The two-time All England champion had also been linked to China’s singles  player Wang Lin.

According to Chong Wei, he and Mew Choo patched up a year after the break-up  and the bond had since grown stronger.

“It is normal in a relationship to go through difficult times but I do not  want such issues to affect my career or our relationship,” said Chong Wei.

His brother, Lee Chong Hoon, said as far as he knew, Chong Wei did not have  any other woman in his life except for Mew Choo.

“My mother is very happy and the whole family is excited about the wedding  because they (Chong Wei and Mew Choo) will be united after all these years.”

When Chong Wei finally announced last month that he would be marrying his  longtime girlfriend, many from the sports fraternity were not surprised.

It was probably because a few months back Mew Choo was seen and photographed  walking with Chong Wei’s mother during the London Olympic Games.

The fact that Chong Wei wanted her to be there during his most important  match was a strong sign that she was not just an ordinary friend.

The wedding, which will undoubtedly be the nation’s wedding of the year,  will include a two-day dinner celebration, on Nov 9 and 10 at the Kuala Lumpur  Convention Centre.

The first night is reserved for VIPs, who include ministers and corporate  leaders while the second night is for family members and close friends of the  couple.

Those who have so far confirmed their attendance are Home Minister Datuk  Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and family, Minister in the Prime Minister’s  Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai  and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail  Sabri Yaakob.

The lovebirds will be donning five to six outfits designed by Daniel Tang  and Leslie Lee of DH Fashion bridal house, which is also the main sponsor of the  event.

“It is going to be my first time wearing something so fashionable, tak  biasalah (I am not used to it).

“I actually prefer something simpler,” said Chong Wei, who admitted that he  was feeling a bit jittery now that the big day was nearing.

Mew Choo who was by his side during the interview quickly assured him that  he would look very handsome in suits.

“Shuai (handsome in Chinese). Of course he looks handsome in suits but he is  special to me no matter what he wears,” said Mew Choo.

So, does Chong Wei prefer Mew Choo in sports attire or ball gowns?

“I like the Mew Choo in sports attire better. That is the Mew Choo I have  known all this while,” quipped the 30-year-old.

The couple have also listed six best men and six bridesmaids for the wedding  who include top national doubles players Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

According to Chong Wei, he has no plans to retire from badminton after the  wedding.

“I will keep playing as long as I am fit and free of injury.

“Now I’m on a 10-day break from practice to get ready for the wedding. I  will skip the China Open but I will play in Hong Kong and Macau.”

The Hong Kong Open will be held a week after the wedding while the Macau  Open is scheduled the week after that.

The 29-year-old Mew Choo, who quit her post as Bukit Jalil Sports School  coach last month, would help him to manage his company, Chong Wei Binajaya Sdn  Bhd, revealed Chong Wei.

He said that they planned to honeymoon either in New Zealand, the Maldives  or the United States.

“We’ll probably go on honeymoon after the tournaments. I kena hutang dululah  dengan dia (The honeymoon will be a debt to her for now.) But I know she  understands my busy schedule.”

When asked about having children, Chong Wei answered: “Of course we want to  have kids, we will try our best, but at the same time we don’t want to pressure  ourselves.” Bernama

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