Cancer-hit Malaysian Badminton star Lee Chong Wei announces his retirement

Cancer-hit Malaysian Badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement today, ending a career in which he bagged a swathe of honours but could not win a World or Olympic title.

Lee, who spent a total of 348 weeks as world number one but lost six worlds and Olympic Finals, called it quits at a news conference at Putrajaya in Malaysia. The teary-eyed 36-year old thank all Malaysians for the past 19 years.

Lee was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer last year and after intensive treatment in Taiwan, said he was keen to play again. But, he hasn’t trained since April and after missing a series of self-made deadlines to return, his hopes of being eligible for next year’s Tokyo Olympics were remote.

Lee said he now wanted to rest and spend time with his family.

The Hindu

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