Chong Wei doing well, told me not to worry, says Misbun

National badminton champion Lee Chong Wei. (File pic)

SEPANG: Misbun Sidek says he has received positive news on the condition of national badminton champion Lee Chong Wei who is undergoing treatment in Taiwan for a respiratory ailment.

The national men’s singles chief coach said he had contacted Chong Wei and received a positive response on the player’s condition.

“I have been sending SMS-es and he responded that he was doing well. Told me not to worry,” he said when met by reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 here upon his return from the Asian Games in Indonesia yesterday.

Misbun said he had only texted the badminton ace as he believed the 36-year-old needed privacy while undergoing treatment.

He said Chong Wei had not commented on the performance of the younger players at the Asian Games but that he believed the national badminton icon was concerned about the performance of his teammates.

“He did not comment on the achievement of the young players and he understands the situation now.

“I believe in his heart the words are the same, that is for us (singles players) to be more effective and give more exposure to young players,” Misbun said.

The national badminton squad who are usually the country’s medal prospect returned from the Asian Games empty-handed.

Chong Wei’s health condition came into public focus after the Badminton Association of Malaysia announced his withdrawal from the World Championships in Nanjing, China, earlier this month, as well as the ongoing Asian Games.

The governing body confirmed that Chong Wei was suffering from a respiratory ailment and would need to rest for a month before undergoing treatment.