KOMPAS.com – If allowed to exchange titles, Lee Chong Wei apparently wants to exchange his All England title with Taufik Hidayat’s World Championship title.
In their heyday, Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat were members of the Fantastic Four in the world’s men’s singles with Lin Dan and Peter Gade.
After retiring from the world of badminton, the four legends still remain in close contact.
In 2015, they launched a project called Legends Vision which aims to promote badminton around the world.
Despite being involved in intense competition while actively playing, after hanging the racket they still have a good relationship to this day.
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Evidence of the closeness of Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat can be seen when the two have private conversations live on the TikTok application on Wednesday (23/6/2022) evening WIB.
At that moment, Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat talked about many things, from flashbacks to the past to the current state of the men’s singles number.
One of the interesting chats between Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat was when co-host program live asked about their respective achievements.
On that occasion, Lee Chong Wei said if there was an opportunity to exchange titles, he would like to exchange the All England title with the World Championship alias Taufik’s World Championship.
Throughout his career, Lee Chong Wei has won the All England Open four times, while Taufik Hidayat has never won the oldest badminton tournament in the world.
In contrast, Taufik has a collection of one World Championship title plus a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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“He exchanged the World Championship, I exchanged All England love him. How, Fik?” said Lee Chong Wei.
Hearing the words of the former Malaysian mainstay of men’s singles, Taufik just laughed while giving a thumbs up.
Taufik then replied, it will be very difficult to change all the achievements he has achieved.
“It’s hard, I’m definitely grateful. If people (feel) lacking, it will definitely be lacking,” said Taufik.
“Maybe God has given me like this. Until here there is a (title) that missedmaybe Datuk Lee is the same, some are missed,” added the former badminton player who was born in Bandung.
“If we talk about which ones have never been, there will definitely be no end. As athletes, we also can’t be on top. Not everything we hope for, we can get,” said Taufik.
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Taufik Hidayat is one of the best men’s singles Indonesia has ever had.
He has won various individual titles, ranging from gold medals at the Olympics, Asian Games, to the World Championships.
Together with the Indonesian men’s badminton team, Taufik also enjoyed the 2000 and 2002 editions of the Thomas Cup.
Meanwhile, Lee Chong Wei is Malaysia’s former world number one in men’s singles.
Throughout his career, Lee Chong Wei recorded collecting 69 individual titles, including four All England Open titles.
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