LOH KEAN YEW
National Badminton Player, @lohkeanyew
What have you been up to? I’ve been training six days a week with double sessions on four of those days. A few competitions have been cancelled. I was actually training for one that’s slated for September in Taipei.
Has every win tasted sweeter than the last? Definitely my 2019 win against Lin Dan in the Thailand Masters — the most memorable for me.
What was the most important lesson you’ve learnt from one of your wins? Whenever I lose, I usually chalk it up to my impatience so I’ve learnt to have patience and to never give up. Once you give up, you’ll lose without even trying. Every win for me has been a game in patience.
What would you like to tell your seven-year old self who was bullied for playing the sport? They can’t bully me for long! [Laughs] The most responsible answer would be for him to fight back and challenge them.
Is there a cause you’d like to champion? I hope that I can bring the joy of playing badminton to Singaporeans and people around the world. It really is a healthy sport because a lot of cardio, muscle building and eye-to-hand coordination is involved.
What do you hope for in the future? An Olympic gold — something I’ve aspired to achieve since I was young. Hopefully, I can also consider retirement to spend more time with my family once I end my career but it probably means that I need to win a lot of competitions like Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia! [laughs] I’m most likely ending my career once I’ve gone to two to three Olympic games. Singapore Olympic badminton players usually just go to two games so I’d like to be the person who creates history.
Any advice for young aspiring badminton players? Dare to dream and work for it. Have the courage to dream big because you’ll hit a limit if it’s too small.
Despite your fast-paced schedule, why is it important to have a skincare routine? For sponsors, they look at skills. For anybody who wants to engage me in a commercial project, it’s all about the face.
Which is your favourite LAB SERIES product from the Rescue Water range? What if I told you they are all equally important because they are all linked? It doesn’t work if you just wash your face and use a toner. Or if you moisturise without toning. Or even if you cleanse without toning or moisturising.
What if you had to pick a product? The cleanser — imagine going out for one whole day and feeling uncomfortable that your face is dirty. As sportsmen, we usually sweat and get oily and once we clean ourselves, we need to keep hydrated. So it’s important to have a product that helps to cleanse while rehydrating my skin.
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