Shuttlers and fans of the badminton community wished the Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei a ‘happy retirement’ after the former number one emerged with the news in an emotional press conference on Thursday.
Wei has had an illustrious career, with 348 weeks spent as world number one, and despite never winning a gold medal at the Olympics or finishing a season as world champion, the Malaysian shuttler has had a brilliant career. Wei, 36, suffered a cancer scare, and never successfully rehabilitating, was forced to drop out of contention from the Tokyo Olympics, which is less than a year away.
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. Thank you very much to all of you.