Lee Chong Wei plans January return

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Lee Chong Wei signs a contract extension with 100PLUS that will take him through the 2020 season. (photo: Bernama)
Lee Chong Wei signs a contract extension with 100PLUS that will take him through the 2020 season. (photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur: Former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has declared that he will start his official training at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in January of 2019.

As he attended a contract extension ceremony with the soft drink company 100PLUS until 2020 on Sunday, Lee who is currently recovering from a successful early-stage nose cancer treatment acknowledged that he would still need to go back to Taiwan for a regular medical check-up.

“Before returning to intensive training, I must go to Taiwan for a routine three-month follow-up visit. Although I am eager to return to the game as soon as possible, but everything would still need to wait until I receive complete permission from the doctors,” said Lee.

“Currently, I am making good progress recovering from the treatment, but the doctors had advised me to take it slow. Therefore, I’ve decided to return to active training with my teammates at BAM in January next year,” added Lee.

“I’ve not been competing for so long, I’ll need to get my fitness and physical condition back in shape first,” said the Malaysian badminton superstar.

Meanwhile, the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist has yet to confirm whether he would participate in the 2019 All England Championships that will take place in March 2019.

“I really want to, but for now I cannot say ‘yes’. The most important thing is I still have the desire to play competitively.”

The last time Lee Chong Wei competed was at the 2018 Indonesia Open in July, where he lost to Kento Momota of Japan in the semi-finals.

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