Chong Wei ‘told to rest’

M’sian star withdraws from SEA Games due to injury concerns

VIENTIANE: World number one badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei withdrew from Malaysia’s Southeast Asian Games squad on his coach’s orders due to injury concerns, a report said yesterday.Chong Wei’s absence, a major blow to the team’s hopes at the SEA Games, comes after Malaysia scooped three titles at the season-ending BWF World Super Series Masters Finals, including Chong Wei’s win in the men’s singles on Sunday.

THREE WEEKS OF R&R: Chong Wei plays a return to Park Sung-Hwan of South Korea in the men’s singles final at the World Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baharu. Chong Wei won the match to clinch the title. — AFP photo

THREE WEEKS OF R&R: Chong Wei plays a return to Park Sung-Hwan of South Korea in the men’s singles final at the World Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baharu. Chong Wei won the match to clinch the title. — AFP photo

“I told him (Chong Wei) to rest upon advice from a private doctor in Kuala Lumpur due to his nagging thigh injury,” Datuk  Misbun Sidek, the national singles coach, was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

“He needs treatment and rest,” the coach said.

“Chong Wei has been suffering from this since the Hong Kong Open (last month) and it would have put him at risk if he had continued playing in a competitive tournament after the recent Super Series Masters Final.”

Misbun said Chong Wei, who pulled out of the SEA Games Monday, would take at least three weeks to recover.

“It is not a serious injury but he needs the rest to prevent it from getting more serious. I hope people will understand,” he said.

Chief coach Rashid Sidek told the newspaper the badminton team could still achieve their target of two gold medals despite Chong Wei’s absence. — AFP

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