It’s been an incredible year for Malaysian badminton hero Lee Chong Wei.
After winning three Superseries title and his third Olympics medal this year, the 34-year-old can add another trophy to his cabinet: the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Best Male Player of the Year award.
Chong Wei received the award from BWF deputy president, Gustavo Salazar at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, according to a posting on BWF’s official Facebook page:
The world number one edged out the likes of China’s Chen Long, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen and even his own compatriots, men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, to win the award.
This year alone, Chong Wei scored a hat-trick of Superseries titles, winning the Malaysian, Indonesian and Japan Open. Back in August, he brought home the silver medal from the Rio Olympic Games, the third Olympics medal of his career.
Chong Wei last won the Best Male Player of the Year in 2013, having also won the title in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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