Chong Wei eyes world title before retirement


KUALA LUMPUR: World number one Lee Chong Wei is eyeing the Badminton World Championships title in Glasgow, Scotland in August before retiring.

The national champion said 2017 was the final year for him to realise the dream of winning the championship which had thus far, eluded him.

“My focus in 2017 is to win the World Championships before I hang up the racket for good.

“My passion has never faded, and it has been the key to chase my dreams,” he said when met during the SS Purple League Championship which saw him paired with China’s Zhao Yunlei in the mixed doubles category last night.

Representing Petaling BC, the duo did not disappoint spectators as they easily defeated Ampang Jaya BC’s Tan Wei Han/Terry Hee Yong 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

Meanwhile, Chong Wei said he would only participate in a select few tournaments this year, among them the All England Open, Sudirman Cup and the Malaysian Open.

“I’m also targeting the Indonesian Open this year, as in the previous edition, it was very difficult for me to win.

“I’ve won the tournament six times, and so has Taufiq Hidayat. My goal is to break the record,” he added.

For the record, Chong Wei has finished runner-up in the Badminton World Championships three times, losing to Lin Dan of China in 2011 and 2013, and in the latest edition in 2015, he lost to Lin Dan’s compatriot, Chen Long.

He also lost to Chen Long in the Rio Olympics final last August, in his last attempt to win an Olympic gold medal after having won silver in the two previous Olympic Games.