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Almost In Tears, Goh Liu Ying Pays Tribute To Dad For Success

Almost In Tears, Goh Liu Ying Pays Tribute To Dad For Success

Liu Ying’s father sacrificed his dream of becoming a national badminton player to focus on earning a living for the family.

Fernando Fong

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Former national mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying was almost in tears after paying tribute to her father, Goh Chak Wee, 66.

She described the unwavering support from her dad as the impetus for her to make her country famous on the international stage.

Liu Ying, 33, looked tearful after her retirement ceremony specially organized by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) at the Axiata Arena.

Liu Ying receiving a bouquet from BAM on her farewell, presented by BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

She said her father started taking her to the badminton court when she was only three to instil a love for the sport.

I wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t there. My father always told me that if he sent me to badminton and saw that I was injured, he would question whether the decision was correct.

Badminton star Goh Liu Ying paying trubute to her father.

Goh said that her dad would be very concerned (if she gets injured); hence after retirement, he can be relieved and not have to worry about his daughter’s condition.

The athlete, who hails from Alor Gajah, Malacca, also told her father that she did not expect to be able to win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Chan Peng Soon.

Liu Ying giving tribute to her dad during her farewell celebration organised by BAM. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Bittersweet Feeling

On the other hand, his father, Chak Wee, shared his sadness for not seeing his daughter play again on the court.

Nevertheless, he was happy because he didn’t have to see Liu Ying in pain due to injury.

When she (Liu Ying) was three years old, I took her with me to watch the Olympic Games even though she didn’t understand the game at the time, and when I took her to court, she would sit quietly behind me.

Badminton star Goh Liu Ying’s father Chak Wee on his daughter’s childhood.

Chak Wee said before she entered Bukit Jalil Sports School, Liu Ying was a spoiled child because she always followed him rather than the mother.

Liu Ying and her father Chak Wee were met by reporters at the farewell celebration. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

It was my ambition to become a badminton player, but I didn’t succeed because of financial factors; I couldn’t afford to buy a racket, and we only used wooden rackets. So Liu Ying realized that wish.

Badminton star Goh Liu Ying’s father Chak Wee on his dream fulfilled.

Meanwhile, talking about her plans, Liu Ying plans to organize a series of tournaments, starting with badminton competitions for young amateurs and veterans around Kuala Lumpur, before expanding to other states.

I will start organizing more badminton competitions, maybe not just badminton, but will start with badminton in February and a 3 vs 3 in April with Astro. This is because I know Malaysians really like badminton.

Badminton star Goh Liu Ying on her future plans.
Liu Ying obliging a fan for a photo. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Liu Ying, one of the best-mixed doubles players ever to play for the country, teamed up again with Peng Soon at the Malaysian Open this time.

However, they lost 21-18, 15-21, 7-21 to the Indonesian pair of Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto-Lisa Ayu Kusumawati in the first round last Tuesday.

READ MORE: Badminton Sweetheart Goh Liu Ying Bids Farewell To Fans At Malaysia Open 2023

Former national player Koo Kien Keat (right) and Liu Ying’s partner on the court, Chan Peng Soon, were there for her farewell 3 vs 3 exhibition match. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

The action was a fitting finale since she started partnering with Peng Soon 13 years ago.

In addition to the silver medal at the Olympic Games, Liu Ying also achieved various successes at the international level.

Her feat includes bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, two medals at the SEA Games, gold at the 2010 Asian Championships, silver at the All England 2017 and silver at the 2018 Indonesian Open. 

READ MORE: Malaysian Badminton Pair Goes Down Fighting As Scoreboard Freezes

BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh speaking at Liu Ying’s farewell ceremony. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

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