KUALA LUMPUR: Lin Dan of China won the world men’s singles title five times, his compatriots Chen Long and Yang Yang twice each, Japan’s Kento Momota has also won it twice while our very own Lee Chong Wei took the silver three times.
None of them took home even a cent for their victories.
The only prize won was the pride and honour of keeping their national flags flying high. It’s time to put a monetary price on such an achievement, says Malaysia’s men’s singles legend Rashid Sidek (pic).
He said it was high time for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) offer prize money for their annual World Championships and major team events like Thomas Cup Finals and Sudirman Cup.
After all, the world body has got the money, most of which was earned from such tournaments.
Last year, the BWF…