Malaysian Badminton Legend Lee Chong Wei Has Retired from the Sport
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.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 said…(quotes to be updated as the PC goes on)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!
Source: The Star
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