Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei had to pull his name out of this year's BWF World Championships and the Indonesian Asian Games due to "a respiratory-related disorder," the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said in a statement on Tuesday.
In the past week, the former world no.1 Lee failed to join other shuttlers at the training sessions, fueling speculation that he may miss the World Championships, which begins on July 30 in China's Nanjing.
“We regret to announce that Datuk Lee has informed BAM that he is unwell and suffering from a respiratory-related disorder,” BAM said.
“His doctor has advised him to rest and undergo treatment. For the time being, he cannot undergo any intensive physical activity for a period of at least one month and therefore we have to withdraw Datuk Lee from his participation at the BWF World Championships 2018 scheduled from 30 July to 5 August and the Asian Games 2018 scheduled from 19 to 28 August.”