Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei Thursday mentioned he plans to return to badminton after profitable therapy for nostril most cancers, insisting he had no intention of retiring. The ex-world primary mentioned he might resume coaching as early as subsequent month and was concentrating on a aggressive comeback on the All England Open in March.
“I completed all my therapy… and have recovered very effectively,” a cheerful and healthy-looking Lee, 36, instructed a press convention in Kuala Lumpur. “I wish to come again to courtroom,” he mentioned, including: “As of now, I’m not retiring.”
The three-time Olympic silver medallist was making his first public look since his shock prognosis was introduced in September. Lee, who returned from therapy in Taiwan final month, mentioned it was his “dream” to play within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which might be his fifth Summer time Video games.
“I feel qualify (for the Tokyo Olympics) ought to be no drawback for me,” he mentioned, however added that his well being was his present precedence. “I simply attempt my perfect as a result of I really like my nation… and I really like badminton,” he mentioned.
The participant nevertheless conceded that if his well being doesn’t enhance sufficient, he could have to hold up his racquet: “If my situation is sweet, I’ll proceed. If I can not, I’ll cease.”
Lee, who enjoys celebrity standing in Malaysia, was recognized with early-stage nostril most cancers, forcing him to tug out of the Asian Video games and world championships. The daddy of two mentioned that when he discovered concerning the sickness, “I used to be crying for every week, could not eat, could not sleep”.
On the recommendation of his docs he travelled to Taiwan for therapy, throughout which he misplaced 5 kilos (11 kilos). “That is the hardest interval of my life,” mentioned Lee, who has slipped to eighth on this planet rankings. “However I had the assist of my family members to proceed combating.”
Lee mentioned that he underwent over 30 classes of therapy by the hands of seven docs. He mentioned they’ve given him a clear invoice of well being, and has regained three kilos since coming dwelling. Nostril most cancers is maybe the most important blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing optimistic for a proscribed anti-inflammatory on the 2014 world championships.
Lee returned to the game in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently. His unsuccessful makes an attempt to seize Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal at three consecutive Summer time Video games had been adopted avidly again dwelling, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese language celebrity Lin Dan. His final shot at Olympic gold at Rio 2016 resulted in failure when the Malaysian misplaced out to China’s Chen Lengthy in a nail-biting last.