Chong Wei may skip In­dia Open

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LEE Chong Wei may not make the trip to New Delhi for the In­dia Open.

The 35-year-old World No 1 — de­spite win­ning his fourth All Eng­land ti­tle of Sun­day — feels it might be too hec­tic for him to com­pete in two back-to-back tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the Malaysia Open on Apr 4-9 in Kuch­ing.

Chong Wei, who re­sumed train­ing on Wed­nes­day, said: “I will dis­cuss with my coaches (Hen­drawan and Tey Seu Bock) be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

“As of now, my name is still in the list to com­pete in In­dia, but it might be too much for me to com­pete in back-to-back tour­na­ments.

“My fo­cus is def­i­nitely the Malaysia Open, where I want to win my 12th ti­tle, but let’s see how ev­ery­thing goes in the com­ing week,” said Chong Wei, who only made it to the sec­ond round of the In­dia Open last year.

Prior to the All Eng­land in Birm­ing­ham, Chong Wei suf­fered a torn me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment (MCL) and had to race against time to make the trip to Eng­land.

The three-time Olympic sil­ver medal­list added that his pri­or­i­ties this year are clear, and he would like to si­lence his crit­ics.

“A lot of peo­ple out there are call­ing me to quit be­cause they think I’m old, but I want to prove them wrong.

“This year, I will only play in se­lected tour­na­ments as my goal is to win the World Cham­pi­onships (Glas­gow) in Au­gust.

“I can­not afford in­juries, so I must be very care­ful to not over ex­ert my­self. An­other thing I need to work on is han­dling pres­sure.”

Chong Wei set­tled for the World Cham­pi­onships sil­ver at the 2011 (Lon­don), 2013 (Guangzhou) and 2015 (Jakarta) edi­tions while he took home the bronze in 2005 (Ana­heim).

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