KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei began his first day of training – albeit a light session – at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara Thursday.
This is to show that he’s ready to move on from the disappointment of his controversial loss at the World Championships in Guangzhou on Sunday.
Chong Wei went down in the final to his nemesis Lin Dan of China 21-16, 13-21, 17-20 (rtd) in an anti-climactic ending, which saw the top seed struggling to find his footing, especially in the second game, when the air-conditioner was allegedly switched off.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thursday denied that the air-conditioner had been switched off during the match.
Towards the last few points at the end of the final, a dehydrated Chong Wei suffered cramps on his quadriceps and stomach, thus forcing him to throw in the towel.
The defeat handed Lin Dan a record fifth world title, which makes him the greatest player in the series.
Although the defeat – his 23rd in 32 meetings with Lin Dan – was a bitter pill to swallow, national singles coach Tey Seu Bock said that “Chong Wei has decided to move on and focus on his preparation for the Japan Open (from Sept 17-22)”.
“He requested to train today and went through a light session, polishing up his skills. He’s feeling much better now,” said Seu Bock.
“We have accepted the defeat. There were some issues with the air-conditioning but we’ve decided to put all that behind us.
“The immediate task is the Japan Open and, of course, it will be part of our preparations for other major tournaments (next year’s All-England, Asian Games, Thomas Cup Finals and World Championships).”
Chong Wei, who will turn 31 in October, is still the nation’s best hope for honours as the others, like Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng, are nowhere near his standard.
While Daren and Wei Feng have yet to reach the semi-finals of any Super Series tournaments this year, Chong Wei has bagged four titles – Malaysian Open, Korean Open, India Open and Indonesian Open.
At the World Championships, Wei Feng went down to Lin Dan in the third round while Daren lost at the same stage to Chen Long, also of China.
Both the back-up shuttlers are competing in the US$1mil (RM 3.27mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) in New Delhi.