A heavily strapped Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik staged a remarkable comeback in Tokyo from 12-18 down in the first game before cruising past Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the second, winning 21-19, 21-14 to bag Malaysia’s first ever gold medals in the world badminton championship and set the tone for the country’s Merdeka and Malaysia celebrations.
The Malaysian pair displayed a solid defence and decisive counter-attacking play to thwart the Indonesians’ aggressive game plan. Their mental fortitude when the chips were down in the first game should inspire many not to lose hope when the stakes are high. Congratulations, Aaron and Wooi Yik!
Their achievement adds to the Merdeka/Malaysia Day lustre set by the country’s judiciary, which has shown its independence in recent weeks, despite intense pressure from disgruntled politicians and their backers, especially over the last week.
We live in hope of better days ahead of us despite the dark clouds around us.