Malaysia badminton legend Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement from the race on Thursday after weeks of speculation about his health problems and doubts about his return to the circuit.
Chong Wei was diagnosed with nasal cancer at an early stage last year. After fighting an intense fight in Taiwan, he hoped for a last chance at gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, but he couldn't make up for the deadlines he had set himself.
Chong Wei only wanted to return to the court at All England Championships in March this year. After he had missed that deadline, he set his home training Malaysia Open as the return goal, but it didn't work either.
Since April, Chong Wei had not been able to practice hard and was unable to fully return to fitness.
In his illustrious career, Chong Wei has won three silver Olympic medals, three silver World Championships and 46 BWF World Superseries titles. Chong Wei, together with Chinese superstar Lin Dan, defined the badminton rivalry of the last generation and brought the sport to greater heights.
I'm sorry I couldn't come to Tokyo this time. And I'm sorry I didn't deliver Olympic gold. But I know I have no regrets because I did my best. My very best. Thank you so much to all of you. Lee Chong Wei logs out.https://t.co/V0K5GSVLh4 pic.twitter.com/Sfz0eBwOTm
– Dato & # 39; Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) June 13, 2019
Now at the age of 36, when Chong Wei said goodbye to his career as a goodbye, the badminton fraternity came together to greet the legend who has inspired an entire generation of shuttlers we see today.
Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin took Twitter to thank Chong Wei for all the badminton years he played and said he "inspired everyone who loves badminton."
– Carolina Marín (@CarolinaMarin) June 13, 2019
The badminton queen of India, Saina Nehwal, expressed her gratitude and asked Chong Wei to take care of his health. "Really liked your performances for many years @LeeChongWei .. you are a great badminton legend and it is very sad to know that you will retire … I wish you the best for the future and care for your health .. "Saina tweeted.
Really enjoyed your performances for many years @LeeChongWei .. ur great badminton legend and it is very sad to know that you are retiring … I wish you the best for the future and take care of your health … ?????? pic.twitter.com/vH92YJ0Urh
– Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) June 13, 2019
Kidambi Srikanth, who lost the 2018 Commonwealth Games singles final to Chong Wei, wished him the best for life to come, while HS Prannoy joked that that age was only a figure for Malaysian legend.
– Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) June 13, 2019
– PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 13, 2019
Parupalli Kashyap called Chong Wei "the most difficult player on the circuit to play in all different circumstances" and said he will be missed on the field.
India & # 39; s top men's doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also paid their tribute to the legendary player. Satwik said he was lucky enough to share the Premier Badminton League (PBL) dressing room with Chong Wei while Chirag said the "brotherhood lost one of its gems".
I wish you a happy retirement @LeeChongWeiWhat you have done for our sport cannot be described and your friendly face will be missed at tournaments. All the best in the future, you have done your service, now it is time to enjoy life😜🚀🕺🏻🍾🇲🇾
– Mathias Boe (@mathiasboe) June 13, 2019
– BWF (@bwfmedia) June 13, 2019
Goodbye @LeeChongWei, you will be missed at the court! India has seen the best of you and we thank you for the memories. We pray for your good health and wish you all the best for your future efforts. @bwfmedia #FabricBadminton #India #LeeChongWei #badminton pic.twitter.com/B9gRlsccjj
– BAI Media (@BAI_Media) June 13, 2019
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