Lee Chong Wei opened the door for any shuttler, both local and international, to get in touch with him anytime for advice or tips, with the national icon declaring his phone available 24 hours.

“Players do call me every now and then and I am more than happy to help. My phone is on 24 hours, so they do not need to hesitate to call if they need any help or advice.

“My offer is not only limited to Malaysian shuttlers, but the foreign players too. They had texted me before asking how I had overcome adversity when I was slapped with a doping ban [in 2015] to return to the top, despite not playing for almost a year.

“I am more than happy to share my experience and help in any way I can,” he said.

Lee was serenaded by a full house at the Axiata Arena on Saturday for the Yonex Legends! event on Saturday where other international legends such as Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat and Lee Yong-dae were also in attendance.

The three-time Olympic silver medalist later took part in an exhibition match with Gade, Taufik dan Yong-dae, along with national shuttlers Pearly Tan, M. Thinaah and Ng Tze Yong.

A symbolic scene at the end saw Lee present Ng with a racquet which signaled a passing of the torch.

“In Chinese, we believe it is ‘ong’ [lucky] for me to hand the racquet to him. I hope, with the rest of the country, that he does well at the Commonwealth Games.

“There will no doubt be pressure, but how he deals with it is up to him. He has got potential for sure.

“But only he will know the level he is at. For instance in this tournament he was suffering from cramps towards the end. It was a 90-minute battle and if he had won, he would be playing in another intense match the next day. I hope he will go on to be successful,” added Lee.

Ng shoulders Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s singles event at the Commonwealth Games at the end of this month, after Lee Zii Jia decided to give it a skip to focus on the World Championships.

The veteran also reminded the younger shuttlers to focus on their training and not get easily distracted by social media.

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