Kuala Lumpur: Many Badminton fans around the world have experienced a ‘roller coaster ride’ of emotions starting two days ago, when they were pumped up after BadmintonPlanet.com published the news that Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei was set to return to his home country this Sunday after spending nearly two months receiving a successful treatment for his early stage nose cancer in Taiwan.
However, public reaction didn’t take long to change from excitement to disappointment when the president of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Mohamad Norza Zakaria denied on Friday afternoon that reports about Lee’s return were untrue.
Then, on Saturday afternoon, BAM made U-turn over their Friday’s statement with the following statement:
“With reference to news reports regarding the return of Datuk Lee Chong Wei from Taiwan, I had spoken to the 36-year old Malaysian badminton legend on Wednesday and at that point, he still hasn’t received medical clearance.
I’m pleased to update you that Chong Wei has now just been cleared by his medical team to return to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
On behalf of BAM, I strongly urge members of the media and the Malaysian public in general to respect his privacy and that of his family.
Dato’ Sri Norza Zakaria
Badminton fans across the world were estatic with the official confirmation from BAM.
BadmintonPlanet.com’s note to Lee Chong Wei:
Lee Chong Wei, you are a true hero and a role model, you have inspired a lot of people in many ways.
BadmintonPlanet.com sincerely hope you would continue to rest before going back to competitive badminton.
We’ll pray for your fast recovery, keep believing and keep fighting!