KUALA LUMPUR: If Lee Chong Wei decides to announce his retirement from badminton at tomorrow’s press conference in Kuala Lumpur, he has every right to do so.
This is the view of national men's singles head coach, Misbun Sidek.
It is still not clear as to what the press conference is about, but speculations are rife that three-time Olympic silver medallist and former World No 1 Chong Wei may announce he is quitting the game after he was diagnosed with nose cancer this year.
Chong Wei, 36, who underwent medical treatment in Taiwan for more than two months, returned to Malaysia last month but has since kept a low profile.
He will make his first public appearance at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara tomorrow since Malaysians found out he has cancer.
"I don't want to speculate but if he decides to call it quits, then we have to respect his decision,” said Misbun,
"I have known Chong Wei for a very long time, the most important things in life to him are badminton and family, nothing else.
"He has done so much for the country that we will never be able to repay, so if he decides to hang his racquet to be with his family, he has every right to do so," said Misbun today.
Since returning from Taiwan, Chong Wei had told several close friends that he has been responding well to treatment and could return to the court early next year.
However, the speculations are that Chong Wei may retire if advised to do so by his doctors.
He last competed in the Indonesia Open in July, before he was diagnosed with cancer. A week earlier, Chong Wei bagged his 12th Malaysia Open crown after beating reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan in a thrilling final.