Please respect my privacy, pleads Chong Wei

Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei left a voice message asking reporters not to wait for him at the airport. (Bernama pic)

SEPANG: Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei has finally broken his silence after being diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer and has requested for everyone to respect his privacy.

The national shuttler recently completed his treatment of almost two months and was allowed to return home by his doctor in Taiwan today.

Upon learning that he would be returning this morning, journalists began to gather at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

But in a voice message, Chong Wei said: “Please inform everybody (media) to return and not to wait for me. I do not want the media to wait for me at the airport.

“I need to rest now. In a few days, I will call the media to explain my condition. Thank you.”

The 36-year-old player’s health came into public focus when he withdrew from the World Championship in Nanjing, China, and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in August.

Chong Wei had won the Olympic Games silver medal three times in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and was three-time runner-up of the World Championship (2011, 2013 and 2015).

He was also called the Super Series King when he won the most number of championships organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) with 69 titles and emerged runner-up 34 times.