Malaysian Badminton Legend Lee Chong Wei Has Retired from the Sport

  • 13 Jun 2019

At a press conference at the Youth and Sports Ministry's office this afternoon, the 36-year-old athlete revealed that he was hanging up his racquet for good due to health considerations, following his nose cancer diagnosis last year,

During the press conference, which was also attended by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Badminton Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, Chong Wei chocked on emotion on several occasions while making the announcement.

"It was a very tough decision to make (to retire) after 19 years in the national team. I discussed with my family for almost a month about this.

"Now it is time to think about myself, and my family," he said during a question and answer session later.

According to him, the initial plan was to quit the sport after the 2020 Tokyo Olympic, but his health had to take precedent, hence his retirement.

Chong Wei also thanked his coaches, colleagues, supporters and Malaysians in general, for the guidance and support given thus far.

Speaking at the same press conference later, Syed Saddiq said that Chong Wei will be appointed the chef-de-mission for Malaysia for the Tokyo Olympic.

Chong Wei was diagnosed with nose cancer in July last year, and was cleared of the illness in November. He returned to training in January after receiving treatment in Taiwan, and his decision to quit is reportedly to avoid a relapse of his illness.

Chong Wei, a former world number one, has not played competitively since July last year, and is currently ranked 190th  in the world.

His scheduled return to the All-England and Malaysian Open tournaments in March and April this year did not materialise after his doctors advised against it.

Chong Wei has won dozens of trophies in his glittering career, including the prestigious All-England tournament, the Commonwealth Games and the Malaysian Open.

He has also come heartbreakingly close to breaking Malaysia’s duck in the Olympics, winning the silver medal three times in a row, from Beijing in 2008 to London in 2012 and, finally, at Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

You may not have won the gold, but you will always be the nation's hero and a champion in our hearts, Chong Wei.

Have a good retirement champ!

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