As the Rio Olympics were going on, it’s amazing to see the amount of support that was generated among Malaysian by the Olympics but one sport outshine them all, BADMINTON. Our very own Dato Lee Chong Wei who has been representing us for nearly 2 decades now in the Men’s Singles, the very young duo Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem were representing us in the Men’s Doubles and not to forget Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon who represented us in the Mix Doubles. These amazing Olympians all made it to the finals in their respective categories and gained silver. But that’s not what I am here to talk about. I am here to talk about the atmosphere that I felt while watching the games.
Soon after the game started. Every point Malaysia scored we would scream our lungs out. My friend who is mostly relaxed and very laid back was screaming “we want gold” as many times as possible. Our Olympians gave it all but they were just a bit, a teeny weeny bit unlucky. They were so close to our country’s very first gold. The whole atmosphere in the restaurant dropped to sad state but one action made me proud, very proud. My friend who was on the verge of crying started clapping for the amazing performance by our Malaysian team. That in his tiny motion of clapping his hands, saluting our team, the whole restaurant followed suite. Everyone was clapping. People who were standing were clapping, the shop workers were clapping, everyone was clapping. We agreed to meet up the next day to watch the men’s singles final.
In the end, I realized that race, age, background, position, what car you drove, what you are studying, all of this did not matter. We were all proud to be MALAYSIANS no matter what we achieved.