Lim Chong King

SHUTTLER Lim Chong King hopes his dream will come true after the coming Chinese New Year.

The 20-year-old singles player, who was promoted to the senior national squad last year, wants to break into the world’s top 80. Currently, he is ranked World No 160.

Chong King also wants to represent Malaysia in the Asia Team Championships in Manila on Feb 11-16.

But first, he hopes to spend some time with his family. “I always look forward to Chinese New Year because I get to spend quality time with my family.

“As national athletes, we don't have that luxury.

“Usually I spend the first day with family on my dad’s side before heading to Mentakab to be with my mum’s side of the family.

“Chinese New Year reminds me of my childhood, where there was no pressure and everything was so carefree.

“Some of my cousins will still gather to play with fireworks like we used to,” said Chong King.

When asked about his plans, the 2019 Hellas Open champion said: “Last year was like an orientation year for us. This is already our second year in the senior team... we need to make an impression.

“My target is to break into the world top 80 or even 70. Winning titles will also be great.

“I want to achieve these targets, hopefully I’ll have some luck in this Year of the Rat.”

Chong King, Ng Tze Yong and Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin are tipped to be Malaysia’s future prospects for the 2024 Paris Olympics.