On Friday, 30 July, the former badminton player uploaded photos of Lee Zii Jia along with a caption that read, "Don't need to be disappointed. It was a really good performance. All of Malaysia knows you tried your best."
"With more experience, Chen Long will definitely just be a distant memory. Chen Long isn't a measly defending champion. His face may be innocent but that guy is really sharp in interpreting his opponent's tactics."
In just a little over an hour since the post went up, it raked over 64,900 likes and 1,417 comments.
He even said that in terms of power, speed, and technique, Zii Jia is far superior compared to Chen Long
"Maybe what was lacking was your anxiety at the important parts. It's your first Olympics, who wouldn't be anxious? Even [my] first time at the Olympics wasn't immaculate," he wrote further.
"What's important is, lift your chin up and continue working hard. The next Olympics is just in three years. Your victory is not lost, just delayed. I'm proud of you. Malaysians are proud of you."
Lee Chong Wei, also known for being a pretty funny guy, ended his post with a few jokes
He said, in reference to the recent win by Hidilyn Diaz from the Philippines, "Maybe after this, find a training place in Melaka. I heard that if you train there, you can get an Olympic gold."
Then he wrote to Chen Long, "You again! Better don't let us see you in Malaysia in the next one month! Hahaha. Joking mate. Have a good tournament and all the best!"
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