BAM set to recommend certified shuttler to Basel


KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlers Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren can heave a huge sigh of comfort.

Neither of them will have to make 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 country wide frame are possibly to 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.


A united states of america can only have a maximum of two gamers if each of them 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 will be no wildcard this 12 months.

BAM can still enter Chong Wei on the cost of both Zii Jia or Daren due to the fact the countrywide body have the prerogative to determine who they want to ship.

However, Norza indicated that BAM are 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 possibly permit all the gamers who have qualified to play,” stated Norza when met at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) the day prior to this.

“As we recognise, Chong Wei is not part of the list and he’s nonetheless operating on his fitness.

“We have additionally spoken approximately whilst would be the perfect time – with regard to 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 a unmarried global meet until ultimate 12 months.

He became diagnosed with an early level nose most cancers a month before the Nanjing world meet in August, where he become slated to stand Frenchman Brice Leverdez.

In the Glasgow version in 2017, Chong Wei lost to Leverdez inside the first round, 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 become later stripped of his silver medal for a doping violation.