(file pix) National mixed doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon has called on his fellow national teammates to prove their worth in international tournaments and championships even without top men’s singles player Lee Chong Wei. NSTP/DANIAL SAAD

KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon has called on his fellow national teammates to prove their worth in international tournaments and championships even without top men’s singles player Lee Chong Wei.

According to Peng Soon, all the players should perform to the very best of their abilities in order to prove to the rest of the world that Malaysian badminton is still very much alive even though Chong Wei has been unwell and battling hard to regain his health.

"Now our ‘taiko’ is out of action so I hope the other players will make the best of it by showing their respective abilities and what they’re truly capable of.

“It will help to prove that Malaysia is still a badminton powerhouse whose players are still able to achieve positive, good results regardless of the situation,” he said to members of the media at an introduction ceremony for Ampang Jaya Badminton Club’s players here earlier today.

Chong Wei, who underwent specialist medical treatment for more than two months at a private hospital in Taiwan after he was diagnosed with early stage nose cancer, returned to Malaysia only on Sunday.

The 36-year-old player however has avoided the media but has instead sent a voice message to NSTP Sport asking to be given room and privacy to rest and recover while being with his family.

When Peng Soon was asked about the target of being in the world’s top five during the remainder of this season, Peng Soon admitted that he was not thinking about the matter.

"Now I am not thinking about the world ranking. What is most important right now is to do our best to perform in whichever championship or tournament that we take part in.

"When we perform and garner positive, good results then definitely our world ranking will improve as well,” said Peng Soon who partners Goh Liu Ying and are currently ranked World No 7.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist will be in action at the Denmark Open which begins next week and they will go up against Dutch pair Jacco Arends-Selena Piek in the first round.

After that, they will be taking part in the French Open which takes place from October 23-28, and there they will face yet another Dutch pair in Robin Tabeling-Cheryl Seinen in the first round.

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