KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlers Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren can heave a huge sigh of comfort.
Neither of them will have to make a manner for Lee Chong Wei for the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, from Aug 19-25.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria stated that the countrywide frame could advise all of the Malaysian shuttlers who certified based on the world rankings released on April 30.
The 36-year-old Chong Wei, now present process treatment for nose cancer, did no longer make the reduce as he has slipped to No. A hundred and fifteen while Zii Jia and Daren qualified on benefit as the world No. 21 and No. 24 respectively.
United states of america can only have a maximum of two gamers if they are in the pinnacle 150 in the global rankings.
A wildcard ought to have stored BAM and the 3 shuttlers from an awkward state of affairs, but the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed on Monday that there would be no wildcard this 12 months.
BAM can still enter Chong Wei at the cost of both Zii Jia or Daren because the countrywide body has the prerogative to determine who they want to ship.
However, Norza indicated that BAM is not likely to drop any qualified gamers to deal with Chong Wei, whose return to competitive action is still unsure.
“I will go away the matter to the coaching and education committee (CNT), but we can permit all the gamers who have qualified to play,” stated Norza when they met at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) the day before this.
“As we recognize, Chong Wei is not part of the list, and he’s nonetheless operating on his fitness.
“We have additionally spoken approximately whilst would be a perfect time – about his return to opposition, and I agree with we can be discussing greater approximately his plans shifting forward quickly.
“The precedence for Chong Wei now is for him to recover from his ailments, so permit’s cognizance on that first.
“Once his physician gives the green light, then he’s going to play. Otherwise, we can talk approximately other plans.”
Since he made his debut inside the 2005 edition at Anaheim, United States, with a bronze medal, Chong Wei had now not neglected an unmarried global meet until the ultimate 12 months.
He became diagnosed with an early level nose most cancers a month before the Nanjing world meets in August, where he becomes slated to stand Frenchman Brice Leverdez.
In 2017, Chong Wei lost to Leverdez inside the first round in the Glasgow version, marking his worst-ever day out in 10 appearances.
Chong Wei is now almost sure to quit his profession without a world name. He finished runner-up thrice – to Lin Dan in 2011 and 2013 and Chen Long in 2015.
Chong Wei also reached the very last in 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lost to Chen Long but was later stripped of his silver medal for a doping violation.