An emotional Lee Chong Wei announced earlier today that he is retiring from the sport of badminton due to health reasons.
The Malaysian badminton legend addressed the press gathered at the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports and confirmed that he would be stepping away from the sport due to health reasons.
Chong Wei was diagnosed with nose cancer in September of 2018, and despite making a recovery since, hasn’t been actively training for competition.
He last competed in July of 2018 and is currently ranked 191 in the world.
Chong Wei also mentioned in the presser that he would have liked to retire after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 but that it was brought forward on his doctor’s advice.
The legendary shuttler has won 3 Olympic silver medals for Malaysia and an incredible 69 singles titles in all. He was also ranked world number 1 for a consecutive 199 weeks.
After he announced his retirement, tributes poured in on social media from all parts of the world and not just Malaysia. Fans wished him the best of health in his retired life and thanked him for his indelible contributions to the sport of badminton.
Here are a few of the reactions for you to scroll through.
— Sabari Nadh (@Darlingsabari) June 13, 2019
Hats off Lee Chong Wei ! You are legend. Thank you for making Malaysian proud in all these years. https://t.co/WQlNRGDNpG
— Nurul Huda (@huda_zulkepli) June 13, 2019
#TerimaKasihLCW We're so lucky witnessing the era of the greatest ever badminton player on the court. Have a happy and healthy retirement! Love from indonesians 💙
— Budhenia (@budhenia) June 13, 2019
Happy retirement datuk, you deserve it. Legend.
— yuni (@uryunieu) June 13, 2019
2013 | Thank you @LeeChongWei |
Men’s singles career record – 705 Wins, 134 Losses | Career tiltle (s) – 69 | Highest rangking – 1 (29 June 2006) | Current Rangking 191 (11 June 2019. #blessed #sportsstar #badminton… https://t.co/jrGLcR7EXH
— Keddy Mahdfuz (@KeddyMahdfuz) June 13, 2019
Lee Chong Wei a legend retires! may his life beyond badminton also be as illustrious and happy as was his with the sport.
may he win every battle of life including cancer and its post cancer effects. #badminton
— #Ayurvedatweets (Dr. Nitin Chaube) (@drnitinchaube) June 13, 2019
Before Saina and Sindhu, it was @LeeChongWei and Gopi Chand made me fall n love wit Badminton
Thank you Lee Chong Wei for your contribution to the sport
Though that Olympic gold was elusive,ur rivalry on the court with Lin Dan will be cherished,watched nd loved for ages#ThankYou
— Sanjiv (@sanjiv007) June 13, 2019
Goodbye, @LeeChongWei, and thanks for the memories. That gold medal matches with Lin Dan used to be 🔥.
— Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) June 13, 2019
— Azhani Hazis (@Azhani_H) June 13, 2019
Im so proud of Lee Chong Wei, he's our hero, we all come together, all races united under one sport which is badminton, i still remember we're all so excited, you're a legend, truly in the eyes of the world. Always remain legendary
— irin's #6YearsWithOurHomeBTS 💜 (@retroseonyndan) June 13, 2019
Congratz and happy retirement for you, Great Legend!
Thanks for all the great memory and hope all the best for your future life and your health ❤️
I'm very sure all Malaysians are very proud of you, datok @LeeChongWei ! #ThankYouLeeChongWei 🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/1M4XJr8RLl
— GTS (@gitatriantis) June 13, 2019
May be today you are stepping out from the court, but the name Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be remembered as long as this Game exists. Most influential Badminton player in the history of sport. 3 time Olympic Silver medalist(2008,12&16). #HappyRetirement @LeeChongWei #LoveFromIndia pic.twitter.com/1joqd7kIU8
— Rithwik (@rithwik_538) June 13, 2019
Sad year for Malaysian Sport as both Dato’ Lee Chong Wei & Dato Nicole Ann David announced their retirement. G.O.A.T in their own league. Thank you for your services champs 🙌🏼🙏🏻
— Ajepar 🥋 (@azfarbruhh) June 13, 2019
— deen 😬 (@puterayusoff) June 13, 2019
Thank You @LeeChongWei for every effort, sweat, time, & sleepless night on training spent to make our country proud. Made Malaysian Badminton well known to the World.
Indeed, Malaysia’s hero hold a badminton racquet. 👍🏻
Thank You. We Love You. https://t.co/78dtaFznde
— icedamericano (@icedamericano17) June 13, 2019
Goodbye @LeeChongWei, you will be missed on Court!
India 🇮🇳has witnessed the best of you and we thank you for the memories.We pray for your good health and wish you all the best for your future endeavours.
Pic Credit: @bwfmedia #BestofBadminton #India #LeeChongWei #badminton pic.twitter.com/B9gRlsccjj
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) June 13, 2019
Happy retirement Dato ! Stay strong and focus on your health now 🙂 @LeeChongWei
— LeeCious (@22LEEcious) June 13, 2019
A national hero has retired.
Dato' Lee Chong Wei is one of the figures who unite us as Malaysians as we cheer for him in the Olympics.
Terima Kasih, Lee Chong Wei. 🇲🇾♥️
— RBLX Malaysia Airlines (@RBLX_MAB) June 13, 2019
#ThankYouLeeChongWei. You’ve always been a great yet humble legend. We all will miss you! 😭
— Michelle The (@michellethe22) June 13, 2019