KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s decision to choose his tournaments may mean participating in less than 12 tournaments annually, making him liable to a fine by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) honorary secretary Datuk Ng Chin Chai said they supported Chong Wei’s decision and had written a letter to the BWF for a review, but have yet to receive a reply.
“It does not make sense for the top players to play 12 tournaments per year. He (Chong Wei) lost in the first round as he was not physically and mentally prepared for the tournament (Malaysia Masters).
“Previously, (Super Series), the top players only need to play eight to nine tournaments, It was alright since they have at least two months to recover before the first major tournament (All England), ” he said when met at Axiata Arena, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil.
Chong Wei and three other of the world’s best players namely Chen Long and Lin Dan of China and Son Wan Ho of South Korea, made an early exit from the Malaysia Masters tournament yesterday.
Under BWF’’s new rules, the world’s top 15 players must participate in at least 12 major tournaments per year. The fine awaiting offenders can reach USD5,000 (RM19,800). – BERNAMA