Malaysia's legendery shuttler Lee Chong Wei has returned to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) facility for rehabilitation training for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer in 2018. The 36-year-old broke the news of nose cancer when speculations aroused following his non-participation in the Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia last year.
Lee's last appearance on the field was at the Indonesia Open in July 2018, wherein he conceded the match to Japan's Kento Momota in the semi-finals. Lee, ahead of his return, has clearly told a local newspaper that he had been given green light to resume training.
The former World No. 1 and a three-time Olympic silver medallist has not lost sight from the near-future big events. Infact, Lee is eyeing participation in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the road to recovery and future participations, Lee has made it clear that his first international tournament should be the Malaysian Open in April on home turf. It was the same tournament wherein he lifted the 12th title, in 2018, before falling prey to cancer.
Malaysia's men's singles chief coach of national team, Misbun Sidek, said BAM had given Lee the freedom to decide on the training schedule and tournaments to take part in this year.
It will be interesting to see Lee's return whenever it takes place. He will surely like to make up for the lost time and hardships faced recently.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega