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Cancer-hit Lee Chong Wei retires

Cancer-hit Lee Chong Wei retires from badminton

Kuala Lumpur, June 13: Cancer-hit badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement on Thursday (June 13), ending a brilliant career in which he collected a swathe of honours but never won a world or Olympic title.

"My decision to retire is a heavy one. I really love this sport. But it is a demanding sport. I thank all Malaysians for the past 19 years," a teary-eyed Lee, 36, told a news conference.

Lee, a father of two, was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer last year and after intensive treatment in Taiwan, said he was keen to play again.

But he hasn't trained since April and after missing a series of self-imposed deadlines to return to competition, his hopes of being eligible for next year's Tokyo Olympics were remote.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist said he would now like to rest and spend time with his family, and even take his wife on a "honeymoon", a trip that has been delayed since their marriage in 2012.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:11 [IST]
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