|INDONESIA SUPER LIGA – Welcome Chong Wei|
Lee Chong Wei made his arrival in Surabaya on Wednesday to play for his friend Taufik Hidayat’s club of SGS PLN Bandung for the Indonesian Djarum Badminton Super Liga, being held for a week from February 20 to 26. Their club lead the race for the final victory.
By Ira Ratnati live from Surabaya Photos : Ira Ratnati
Surabaya – Not many private clubs in the world can brag to have two of the best ever badminton players in their own stable. Guangzhou Badminton can, as they have hired both Taufik Hidayat and Lee Chong Wei for the China League, but so can SGS PLN Bandung, a club based in Bandung as both shuttlers have been playing together in the newly held Super Liga for the first time this Wednesday after Chong Wei joined Taufik.
Chong Wei entered the league competition with ease for his first match against Jaya Raya Jakarta, beating Adi Pratama 21-14 and 21-13.
The appearance of Lee had been waited by the DBL Arena’s fans. Everyone kept asking asking when the world number one would play, as the league had started for 3 days already – Chong Wei had to play in his own National Grand Prix Finals in Malaysia. On Wednesday, finally, the Malaysian wonder could ravish the local fans even if his match was an easy win because of the clear level of difference. Nevertheless, Chong Wei was all smiles to answer questions from the local press.
“I’ve just arrived in Jakarta this morning but the reason why I’m coming and play here is to give motivation to my team, and secondly to create a better atmosphere here, so I hope in the next super league, we will have more top players”
Lee was asked by his long time friend Taufik to join his club. “I’m not running for money here, I really appreciate Taufik who asked me to join, and I think the league will be going well, so this is like a warming up for the China league and all England” he added.
More than 20 foreign athletes coming from 8 countries to participate in the league which is being held from February 20 to 26 in a women’s competition and a men’s competition. SGS PLN Bandung beat Jaya Jakarta 5/0 in the men’s competition.
Taufik and Chong Wei’s club of SGS Bandung leads the race of the round Robin matches with 5 victories in their 5 matches, followed closely with 4 victories by Surabaya led by Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Hu Yun of Hong Kong.