PETALING JAYA: Everybody, it seems, wants a piece of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei these days.
On Sunday, thieves broke into Chong Wei’s office at Bandar Puteri Puchong and carted away several computers, including one which contained pre-wedding pictures of Chong Wei and former national shuttler Wong Mew Choo.
But Chong Wei, who is already in Odense for the Denmark Open, has promised he won’t let the burglary affect the task at hand.
“I informed Chong Wei the minute I heard about the incident, but he was probably still suffering from jetlag and was a little groggy given the time difference,” said Chong Wei’s elder brother, Chong Hoon.
“He was concerned about the theft because it might affect the wedding (scheduled for Nov 10).
“Still, he said that it will not affect his performance in Denmark … we’re all hoping for the best.
“The good thing is that despite losing several computers and the pre-wedding pictures, we have back-ups of those pictures … so it’s not too bad after all.
“We’re also fortunate that the thieves did not take the three racquets worth RM74,000 … we have lodged a police report.”
The racquets were sold during an auction initiated by Chong Wei last year for the Japan tsunami victims. The racquets are still in Chong Wei’s possession because the winning bidder has yet to claim them.
Meanwhile, Chong Wei, who is slowly returning to form after winning the Japan Open last month, has a clear shot at making the Denmark Open final.
The 30-year-old Penangite will face local talent and former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen in the first round. A win should see him come up against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana next.
In the absence of arch rival Lin Dan, Chong Wei should cruise into the final where he is tipped to face defending champion and second seed Chen Long of China.
The other Malaysians in the fray are Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng and former national shuttler Tan Chun Seang. Reigning world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli will start from the qualifiers.