IN March, during the All England championship finals, Datuk Lee Chong Wei injured his shoulder. Now he has injured his ankle. It is a double blow for him.
His London Olympics 2012 dream is now in jeopardy. The London Olympics is just around the corner. Unless Lee can recover fast, his dream of winning the gold medal is lost.
Before the injury, we could say that he had a good chance of winning the gold medal but now his chances have diminished.
It seems that the Badminton Association of Malaysia has too many missions to accomplish even though we knew that our chances of winning the Thomas Cup was slim.
By saying other teams have allowed their best players to play in the tournament as preparation for the London Olympics is not quite justified because our assessment should be based on our situation, not that of others.
Maybe we should apply the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses or limitations, opportunities and threats) analysis in decision-making? Our priority should be getting the gold medal.
As for the Thomas Cup, we should have allowed the back-up players to do the work, thus allowing them some exposure.
It's all about making the correct decision. Let us hope Lee can recover in time and play in the London Olympics.