Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei turned 38 on October 21 this year. He bid a tearful goodbye to badminton last year. The three-time Olympic silver medalist was ranked No. 1 in the world for 349 weeks straight. He is the sixth Malaysian to win an Olympic medal. And also the only Malaysian to hold the No. 1 rank for over a year. June 13, 2019, Lee retired from badminton after suffering from nose cancer.
Why did Lee Chong Wei retire?
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In 2018, Lee was diagnosed with nose cancer. Thankfully, the disease was diagnosed in the first stage. Despite his diagnosis, Lee had planned to make a comeback and stop playing after the Tokyo Olympics. They were then scheduled for 2020. He was booked for 33 photon therapy sessions. Each one took a toll on his health. “By the third week, it had taken a toll on my throat. I could not speak or eat,” he told AFP. Though he was keen on returning to the game, he was advised to rest.
I'm sorry that I couldn’t make it to Tokyo this time around. And I’m sorry I didn’t deliver an Olympic gold. But I know I’ve no regrets as I’ve tried my best. My very best. Thank you very much to all of you. Lee Chong Wei signing out.https://t.co/V0K5GSVLh4 pic.twitter.com/Sfz0eBwOTm
— Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) June 13, 2019
During a press conference at the Sports Ministry in Putrajaya, Lee announced his retirement with a heavy heart. “It is a tough decision to make but I was left with no option after my recent consultation with doctors in Taiwan last month,” said the 38-year-old five-time Commonwealth gold medalist. He added that he was given eight questionnaires about his health, each deeming him unfit for “high-intensity activities”.
Lee Chong Wei net worth
As per Celebrity net worth, Chong Wei is worth $16 million. The Perak native was ranked No. 1 for 199 consecutive weeks. He then ended his 19-year-long career with 69 BWF titles. In 2016, when Lee was still World No. 1, he was stated to be worth $75 million. Lee later denied that claim.
Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan rivalry
We knew this day would arrive,
Heavy moment of our lives;
You pulled down the curtain gracefully,
You were king where we fought so proudly;
Your final wave all four disappear,
Within the hush of silent tear.#lindan pic.twitter.com/gLJdpPTkB9
— Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) July 4, 2020
Two of the greatest badminton players, Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei have faced each other 40 times during their career. Lin Dan has a 28-12 record over the Malaysian shuttler. In a Facebook live stream this year, Lee named the retired Chinese player his greatest rival.