Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Lee Chong Wei announced today his retirement from badminton after 19 years following evaluations by doctors who found him unfit to continue.
“I made this decision following discussions with my wife, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman recently.
“It is a tough decision but I was left with no option after my recent visit to my doctors in Japan last month.
“I was given eight questionnaires to answer about my condition and the outcome came out to show that I am not fit to do high intensity activities.
“So it is not suitable for me to exert myself and sacrifice my health,”NST Online quoted the former world no 1 as saying.
Chong Wei was diagnosed with nose cancer in July last year and sought treatment in Taiwan.
The three-time Olympic silver medallist then announced his desire to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and had resumed training early this year before taking a break a little over a month back.
I wish Chong Wei the best of health and offer my heartfelt thanks to Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for helping our national hero in these very trying times.