Chong Wei resumes training in January

Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei says he is unsure if he will take part in the 2019 All England Championship in March. (AFP pic)

PUTRAJAYA: National badminton ace Lee Chong Wei has announced that he will most likely resume training in January next year.

The 36-year-old player, however, said it would depend on his doctor’s advice.

Chong Wei, who is recuperating after being treated for nose cancer in July, said he still had to undergo the recovery process in Taiwan.

“For me to return this month might not be possible because I have to go to Taiwan. The earliest I will return will be next January.

“To date, everything including my recovery process is okay. What is important is that I am in constant contact with the doctor and he advised me not to be too hasty because this is not an injury,” he said after signing a contract as an ambassador for an isotonic drink here today.

Chong Wei, a silver medallist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, also could not confirm his participation in the 2019 All England Championship in March.

“I really want to but I cannot say ‘yes’ for now. But what is important is that I have a desire to compete,” he said.

The last time Chong Wei took part in a competition was at the semifinals of the 2018 Indonesian Open in July which saw him losing to Japanese player, Kento Momoto.