Despite bringing back pride and medals, our national athletes remained severely underpaid for their achievements. This has then forced some of them to find alternatives in supporting their living.
Recently, national badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei has advised Malaysian shuttlers to focus less on social media and spend more time on training instead.
Responding to Lee, independent shuttler Low Juan Shen said although he agrees with Lee’s advice, social media presence is necessary for some athletes. He also explained that this is because, for some athletes, social media is the only way for them to make a living.
“I agree with him, but I think, different people, different situations.”
“If I were not present on social media, I wouldn’t have anything. All of you would not even know me,” he said.
Low added that having social media presence have helped him secure sponsors, which is essential to him.
“I’m not saying that Lee is wrong. If I had enough funding and money to put food on the table, I would lessen my postings on social media. No problem.” he added.
According to NST, Lee Chong Wei said that although social media has become part of daily life, it can do more harm than good if not properly managed.
“My advice to the young players is to reduce your social media usage. Badminton should be your priority.”
“When good things are written, all is fine, but when it isn’t, will you blame it for your poor performance?” he was quoted saying by the English daily.
In the comment section, Low’s friend and editor of his YouTube channel, Darren Lim also gave his opinion on this matter.
“In reality, badminton might not last long, but strong social media can help him in the future,” he said.
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