Kuala Lumpur Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia announced his retirement on Thursday after playing badminton for 19 years. Lee Chong Wei, 36, remains world number one for 348 weeks. But never became a world and Olympic champion. He had to face defeat in the 6 World and Olympic finals.
While announcing the retirement, he said, “This game is very demanding and now I was not able to play like before. Thank you to all the people for supporting 19 years. Now I will spend time with the family. ‘ He had a nasal cancer last year. They had treatment in Taiwan. Since then, they were away from badminton courts. They wanted to come back and play in Tokyo Olympic-2020. But fitness was not accompanying.
Lee Chong won 69 titles in career, is Malaysia’s most successful Olympian and badminton player. He won 3 silver in the Olympics, 3 silver in world championship, 1 bronze. Lee Chong Wei won 705 matches and 69 titles in career. He won 5 Commonwealth Gold, 4 All England Titles and Record 47 Super Series titles.