National badminton coach Hendrawan believes that the world number one ranking does not mean anything to Datuk Lee Chong Wei because he only wants an Olympic gold medal.
The two-time Olympic Games silver medallist leapfrogged over China’s Chen Long in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) world rankings after defeating Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen in Jakarta, Indonesia to clinch his sixth Indonesian Open title of all time.
“He (Chong Wei) has told me that his world number one ranking does not come close to how much he wants to win an Olympic gold medal,” Hendrawan said as quoted by Berita Harian.
The head coach from Indonesia does feel that Lee Chong Wei is on the right track for incredible success before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August.
“We have two months to go and we are focusing more on tactics and strategies.
“Lee Chong Wei must also learn to cope with the pressure as well as work on his strength.”
The 34 year-old was supposed face Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the first round of the Australian Open today, but he withdrew from it alongside Lin Dan and Jan O Jorgensen.