PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei may yet be selected for the Naypyidaw SEA Games although he would certainly prefer not to compete.
Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Oct 21, is still on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) provisional list as the coaches – Tey Seu Bock, Rashid Sidek and Hendrawan – have yet to submit any names.
The SEA Games is one of the few tournaments – apart from the World Championships and the Olympics – that Chong Wei has yet to win, with only a bronze medal from the 2005 Games in the Philippines.
The two-time Olympic silver medallist however admitted that it would be better if he were allowed to skip the event which will be held from Dec 10-14, as well as the Super Series Finals which coincidentally falls on Dec 11-15 in Kuala Lumpur.
“I honestly do not know yet if I am required to go for the SEA Games. There have been some changes recently and the coaches have not submitted the names yet,” said Chong Wei.