While our national athletes are the pride of our country, it’s fair to say they are at times greatly underestimated and often have to find alternative ways to earn a living.
Recently, national badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei advised Malaysian shuttles, especially the younger ones, to do so pay attention to social media and focus more on badminton.
However, a professional badminton player and YouTuber recently explained that for some athletes Social media is the only way to make money.
In a live stream, independent shuttle driver Low Juan Shen responded to Lee’s comments and said that while he agreed with Lee’s advice, Social media presence is necessary for some athletes.
“I agree with him, but I think different people, different situations.”
“If I didn’t have a presence on social media, I would have nothing. You all wouldn’t even know me‘ he told his viewers.
He explained that he needed social media platforms to do this Help him get sponsors.
“I’m not saying Lee is wrong. If I had the resources and money to put food on the table, I would reduce my social media posts. No problem.”
Speaking to reports, Lee Chong Wei explained that while social media has become part of everyday life, it is possible do more harm than good if not managed properly.
Corresponding NSTLee said, “My advice to the young players is to reduce your use of social media. Badminton should be your priority.”
“When good things are written everything is fine, but if not, will you blame it for your poor performance? I see kids today pulling out their phones first to take a picture or post something before they do anything else.”
Supported by his friend
The clip of Low’s comments found its way onto TikTok, where his friend and editor was Youtube channelDarren Lim, expressed his support.
In a TikTok clip with Low’s comments, Lim said, “During the practice/tournaments in Malaysia, I shoot and edit all the videos. Our goal is simple. We just hope Bear gets (Low). Sponsors support him so that he can concentrate.”
“In reality, badminton might not last long (professionally), but strong social media can help him in (the) future,” he added.
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