Recently retired Datuk Lee Chong Wei has been confirmed as Malaysian contingent's Chef De Mission (CDM) for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
Yesterday, on 15 June, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) confirmed the appointment and announced that it was a new and good development for the former national badminton player.
According to NST Online, the decision to appoint Chong Wei as Chef De Mission was a unanimous agreement by all the affiliate members of the OCM.
Following LCW's appointment, OCM president Datuk Mohammad Norza Zakaria said that the badminton athlete will be invited to attend a seminar on the role of Chef De Mission this August
"The appointment is good exposure for him and we will invite him to join a seminar on Chef De Mission for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, which will be held in August," said president Norza, as quoted by FMT.
"He retired as a very successful athlete and so far he has only seen from afar the management process involving multi-sports games. Chong Wei was involved in all major games in the world and the Olympic Games are no stranger to him," he added.
According to the OCM president, they may consider appointing a deputy Chef De Mission to assist LCW
However, that depends once the OCM knows the actual size of the national contingent early next year.
"We will only know the actual size of the national contingent early next year and if then we need an assistant, we may consider appointing a deputy CDM," president Norza said.
He added that based on the number of athletes who have qualified so far, only the role of Chef De Mission is needed, as reported by FMT.
The proposal to appoint LCW as CDM was made by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq at the press conference on Thursday where the legendary player announced his retirement: