#AllEngland: Chong Wei ready to stage comeback in Birmingham

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We ain’t saying he’s a gold digger, but… 

Whenever we hear that Datuk Lee Chong Wei is gearing up for a badminton tournament, we can’t help but to picture that he’s going to return with a gold medal.

As painful as it was to watch him settle for silver at the Olympics last year, we were still overwhelmingly proud of the man who fought so hard to deliver only his best for his fellow Malaysians.

But now, another opportunity has surfaced for Datuk Lee Chong Wei to get his hands on a gold medal in a major world tournament: the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.

It was a close shave!

Datuk Lee Chong Wei was initially ruled out for the All England after he sustained injuries during a training session at the newly-opened Academy Badminton Malaysia. The former world no.1 tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL) on his left knee and was supposed to be out for at least six weeks.

However, after a recent fitness test, the tenacious Chong Wei proved to be fit for the world tournament which will be held in England between 7th and 12th of March, and he’s in to win it.

Chong Wei-Chen Long showdown? Yes please! 

According to Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s Vice President Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, although he has just recovered from injury, Lee Chong Wei is extremely serious about his All-England campaign.

He will be facing some big names in Birmingham, including China’s Chen Long who robbed him of gold at the 2016 Olympics.

“I think Chong Wei knows what we expect of him, which is why he was really excited to make it into All England.” Norza told Harian Metro.

“This is one of the biggest tournament that Chong Wei will be taking part in this year. There will be many others, including the 2017 Glasgow World Championship. The All-England is his main focus for now.”
Apart from that, Norza also added that the assembly of the Special Squad will also help with Chong Wei’s performance and yield desired results.
“BAM is always here for him, we will give our 100% support for Lee Chong Wei.”
Good luck, Datuk!