This is why lee chong wei took a retirement: everything you need to know about the badminton starthis is why lee chong wei took a retirement: everything you need to know about the badminton star

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?

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.

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”.

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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

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.

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