Lee Chong Wei's Love Letter To Malaysians Will Melt Your Heart!

  • 14 Jun 2019
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National badminton ace, Lee Chong Wei retired yesterday after representing our country for 19 years. Hours after announcing his retirement, he wrote a Facebook post to explain his decision and send a message to the 32 million Malaysians who hold him dearly in their hearts. 

This is that message:

To all my family friends and fans. To every one of you who has been a part of my life, thank you. A real big sincere thank you.

Months ago, all of you knew I had cancer. I fought it. And I thought I fought it well. I thought I could try one more time.

I am just someone who loves to play badminton. Someone who loves my country. I feared retiring with regrets. I was scared of not delivering that elusive Olympic gold for Malaysia. So when I was cleared of cancer, I took up my racquet and trained once again.

After few days of light training, I wanted to get clearance from my doctor to heighten my training intensity. Then, I was dealt a major blow. From that scan, doctor shook his head and said I might face the risk of recurrence if I continued to train. Mew Choo crumbled, crying. She feared I might be stubborn and continue to pursue my dream.

I was at loss. I thought, “How am I supposed to hang up my racquet after nearly twenty years of competitive badminton? How about my Olympic dreams?”

At home, I kept myself occupied with my two sons, Kingston and Terrence. I bathed them, I fed them, I taught them badminton. I spent time with them. Most importantly, I really watched them grow up.

Then it struck me to finally make up my mind. I shouldn’t be so selfish. I have played for myself, I have played for my country. This time, I want to play the role of a father for a long, long time. I want to see them grow up to be proper men, to get married, to have kids. I want to take care of my wife when she is old too.

So, yes. I have made my decision to quit. I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it to Tokyo this time around. And I’m sorry I didn’t deliver an Olympic gold. But I know I’ve no regrets as I’ve tried my best. My very best.

I hope my name Lee Chong Wei has inspired you all one way or another, same like the way you guys inspired me. Without my family, my teammates, my coaches, and my supporters, I wouldn't have achieved anything.

To my fellow badminton players like the Lin Dans, the Taufiks, the Peter Gades, and Hyun-ils. Yup, my time is up. Thank you for the great battles we had. As amazing as it has been, I think our era should be coming to an end now. Momota, Victor, Yuqi and Zi Jia, do hold the fort well. Make the world realise badminton is the best sport on earth.

To fellow Malaysian shuttlers, don’t give up the dream. Please remember there are actually thousands of Malaysians praying for your success. Train harder every day. Always beat yesterday’s training records. Also, a sportsman's life is short. Don’t end with regrets. There is actually a young 5-year-old Ali, Muthu or Ah Meng idolising you, making you their Malaysian superhero. Don’t disappoint them. Play for the flag, play for Negaraku.

I had no regrets. When I started playing badminton, all I wanted to do is to represent Malaysia. And I believed I did it with pride and honour.

Well. I’m done. Thank you very much to all of you. Lee Chong Wei, signing out.


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