Lee Chong Wei, who suffered from cancer, announced his retirement at a sad press conference on Thursday.
Lee Chong Wei collapsed in tears when he announced his retirement (Photo credit: Reuters)
Putrajaya: Cancer-beaten badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a brilliant career in which he won a series of honors but never won a world or Olympic title.
"My decision to retire is tough, I really love this sport, but it's a demanding sport. I thank all Malaysians for the past 19 years," a greedy Lee, 36, told a press conference.
Lee, a father of two, was diagnosed with nasal cancer at an early stage last year and after intensive treatment in Taiwan said he wanted to play.
But he has not been training since April, and after missing a set of self-imposed deadlines to return to the competition, his hope to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo was far away.
The triple Olympic silver medalist said he would now like to rest and spend time with his family, and even take his wife on a & # 39; honeymoon & # 39 ;, a trip postponed since their wedding in 2012.
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