Lee on tenterhooks


PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s life-lengthy pursuit of the men’s singles crown at the World Championships is all however over.

The 36-12 months-vintage is ready to overlook out on a 2nd directly world meet in Basel, Switzerland, from Aug 19-25.

The qualifying period for the world meet ended on April 30 and the 36-12 months-vintage Chong Wei did no longer make the cut due to the fact his global ranking has dropped to No. One hundred fifteen after an extended absence due to an early-level nose cancer.

Us of a can only have a maximum of gamers if each of them is in the pinnacle 150 in the world rankings.


Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren – ranked No. 21 and No. 24 respectively, have certified on merit.

Chong Wei has a coveted ranking of worldwide No. 3 until Aug 14, however, it best applies to the World Tour tournaments.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) in an assertion the day prior to this stated: “If a player is eligible for, and is granted a coveted ranking, this blanketed ranking is handiest applicable for entry in BWF World Tour tournaments.”

And BWF had additionally confirmed that there will be no wild playing cards issued for the Basel meet.

“The BWF has decided not to award any wildcards for the Total BWF World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland,” brought the assertion.

The BWF formerly handed two-time Olympic champion, Lin Dan, a wildcard to play inside the 2013 version in Guangzhou, China and he went on to claim his fifth world crown with the aid of beating Chong Wei 21-sixteen, thirteen-21, 20-17.

Chong Wei pulled out with an injury whilst Lin Dan held the championship factor inside the rubber sport.

In 2017, Rio Olympic champion Chen Long additionally generic a wildcard to play in Glasgow and received bronze.

But there’s nevertheless glimmer of wish for Chong Wei to get in.

That is, if, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) hotel to pulling off an awkward move by means of getting into Chong Wei at the price of both Zii Jia or Daren.

The countrywide body have the prerogative to decide who they want to send.

It took place once in 2015 whilst BAM disregarded Chong Wei Feng to deal with Chong Wei even though the former had certified on merit along Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

Although he become hitting pinnacle shape at that time, Chong Wei fell brief of qualifying as he simplest again from an 8-month suspension over a doping violation.

And Chong Wei justified his teammate’s sacrifice with the aid of reaching the fourth consecutive final – best to settle for silver all over again after losing to Chen Long.

It remains to be visible if BAM would do the identical but it’s enormously not likely this time thinking about Chong Wei has yet to affirm his go back to competition .

Should he leave out the Basel international meet, it is going to be a blow for Chong Wei as he’s set to quit his illustrious profession without a global title. There might be no global championships held next yr because of the Olympics.

The next World Championships will only be held in Huelva, Spain, in 2021 and Chong Wei doesn’t appear to be he’s playing beyond 2020, even if he does in the end go back to compete.

Malaysia are also properly represented in the different four activities – with three qualifiers each in men’s doubles and combined doubles and two for the girls’s singles and ladies’s doubles.

The guys’s doubles gamers showed are Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yi, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin Teo Ee Yi; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (blended doubles); Goh Jin Wei and Soniia Cheah (women’s singles); Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (girls’s doubles).