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Athletes grace Chong Wei’s wedding, sporting fancy tuxedos and gowns
by Wong Pek Mei

KUALA LUMPUR - National athletes took time off to attend the wedding dinner reception of Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datin Wong Mew Choo here.

The athletes wore classy tuxedos and beautiful dinner gowns as they walked the red carpet during the reception at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre last night.

About 1,800 guests attended the event, which was held for the second night.

Lee looked dashing in a cream-coloured tuxedo with black lapels and a bow tie, while Wong wore a glitzy white gown with a tiara.

Later, Lee donned a black tuxedo while Wong changed into a red gown as they joined the guests for dinner.

The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived at about 9.15pm.

Among the guests were diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg, who brought home a bronze medal with Lee from this year's London Olympics, national badminton singles coach Rashid Sidek, former player Wong Choon Hann and former coach Yap Kim Hock.

The others included Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik as well as MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

The guests expressed hope that the couple would be blessed with children in the future.

“I hope he and his wife will produce another world class badminton player,” Rosmah said.

Choon Hann, who knew both of the newly-weds since their days at the badminton academy, hoped “they will be blessed with many superstar babies”.

Chong believes Lee would be a stronger player with a woman behind him to lend him lots of support and encouragement.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee married Wong, his girlfriend of 11 years, during the private tea ceremony at his house on Friday.

Meanwhile, Lee's father Lee Ah Chai expressed his disappointment over not being invited to his son's first reception on Friday night.

He posted an extensive message on his Facebook page, claiming he had not received an invitation to the reception.

China Press quoted him as saying that he had no bad intention for posting the message.

“It's just that I don't have the opportunity to attend. I hope people will not speculate on my absence,” he added.

Chong Wei's brother confirmed his father did not attend the reception but refused to elaborate.

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