Lee Chong Wei, former world No.1 and Malaysian legend, was looking to return to defend his Malaysian Open title after a battle with nose cancer but has been advised against putting his body “under undue stress”.
Lee Chong Wei was looking to return to action with his title defence at Malaysian Open 2019. (@LeeChongWei Photo)
- Lee Chong Wei has withdrawn from Malaysian Open 2019
- Chong Wei was advised by doctors to not put his body under “undue stress”
- Chong Wei has been looking to return to action after battling nose cancer
Lee Chong Wei will not make the return to badminton at his home event, Malaysian Open, in April after he was advised against it by the doctors. Chong Wei, who has been away from the badminton circuit since last year after being diagnosed with a nose cancer, wanted to return to the sport at home but has now been forced to change his plans.
“Following his routine check-up in Taiwan, we are pleased to inform that Datuk Lee Chong Wei has been given a clean bill of health and his recovery process is progressing well.
“However, in order not to put his body under undue stress, Chong Wei has been advised to withdraw from the upcoming Malaysia Open 2019,” the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said in a statement.
“BAM’s priorities remain focused solely on Chong Wei’s health and will continue to offer the 37-year-old unwavering support. We also urge everyone to give him the space and time required for his recovery,” BAM added.
BAM (@BA_Malaysia) March 19, 2019
Even though Chong Wei has been given an all-clear after nose cancer treatment, he is yet to fully recover from the treatment in order to take part of in a high-stress game like badminton.
Chong Wei has expressed his desire to defend his Malaysian Open title in April after he had to delay his return by a month. He had originally wanted to make it to All England Championships.
Chong Wei has been off the circuit since July last year due to which his spot in the BWF rankings has taken a hit. According to the latest BWF rankings, Chong Wei is ranked 41st in the world.
In order to have a shot at the Olympics, Chong Wei will have to fight up the rankings because the rules clearly state that a country can send a maximum of two players to the Olympics provided they are both in the world’s top 16 shuttlers.