Macau: Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of the Macau Open citing a knee injury he sustained at Sunday’s Hong Kong Open final against Tian Houwei, whom he beat 21-16, 21-15.
In a statement released by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost, he said: “It’s time for Chong Wei to take a break, because he will have a busy schedule ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”
“He will have to play six tournaments from early 2016 until the Olympic qualifying ends in May,” added Frost.
Lee was seeded third at the Macau Open before his withdrawal, and was scheduled to play Taiwan’s Yang Chih-chieh in the first round.
Top ranked qualifier Tan Kah Kok has taken over the spot Lee had vacated.
In the absence of Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng will spearhead the Malaysian challenge in men’s singles together with Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat and Zulfadli Zulkiffli.