Badminton: Lee Chong Wei in all likelihood to miss Malaysia Open after delaying comeback from cancer

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Lee Chong Wei is likely to miss subsequent month’s Malaysia Open and put off his comeback from nose cancer for a 2d time, an reliable said on Thursday, as the badminton terrific struggles to make a complete restoration. Norza Zakaria, president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, warned lovers to “decrease their expectations” for the 36-yr-vintage former international number one. The 3-time Olympic silver medallist has been at the sidelines considering that July remaining 12 months, while he become diagnosed with early-stage nose most cancers. He underwent a gruelling programme of professional remedy in Taiwan however opted now not to retire and resumed training in January. Lee at the start deliberate to play the All England Open in March but then behind schedule his return to the Malaysia Open, wherein he’s the defending champion, in early April. But Zakaria stated Lee seemed likely to miss his domestic event and become now focused on the Sudirman Cup mixed-crew event in China in May. “The possibility of him no longer gambling inside the Malaysia Open could be very high,” he told AFP. “I don’t suppose that he is completely recovered physically. He needs to train well due to the fact Malaysia Open is a totally choicest event. “Fans should lower their expectancies.”

Lee, who has formerly said he wishes to get the all-clear from his medical doctors before returning to aggressive play, will tour to Taiwan next week for a take a look at-up, Norza introduced. The player nevertheless hopes to compete on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics however qualifying seems an increasing number of difficult as different younger Malaysian gamers are ranked above him. Nose cancer is perhaps the most important blow suffered via Lee, who became banned after testing fantastic for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 international championships.