KUALA LUMPUR – National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei does not target any medals in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore from June 5 to 16.
“Winning medals is not important to me. What is important is strong team spirit in the team event. If I can play, maybe I can build the morale of my teammates,” he told reporters after the launch of the latest Samsung mobile phone model here, today.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had decided to field Chong Wei only in the team event at the regional biennial games.
“If the doping case favours me, I need to compete in as many tournaments as possible to collect Olympic qualifying points. I know that my ranking has dropped and to regain the number one player position is not easy.
‘After having not played since the Incheon Asian Games (Sept 2014), I need to gain back my rhythm. In short, I badly need competitive matches.
“For me, the position (world number one) is only a figure. I shall wait patiently for the decision (doping case). I need to be mentally prepared for the decision from BWF (Badminton World Federation),” he said.
The BWF panel is expected to announce soon its ruling which could decide the future of the former world number one player.
Chong Wei,33, the silver medalist of 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, was suspended by BWF after he tested positive for dexamethasone, a banned substance, at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in Aug 2014.
He said if the decision favours him, he would compete in three tournaments before the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta from Aug 10 to 16.
“Starting May, there are several badminton championships which offer qualifying points to the Olympics but the SEA Games is not in this category. So,
I will have to focus on tournaments to qualify for the Olympics,” he added. – BERNAMA