Apr 09, 2014

    Chong Wei to play on till Rio 2016

    WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not quit playing until after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    The 31-year-old Malaysian, in town this week for the OUE Singapore Open, had hinted at retirement earlier this year after winning his 10th Malaysia Open title, saying it would be his last national championships.

    Lee said he decided to play on after a chat with Malaysia's sports minister, Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, in the wake of his third Superseries triumph of the year at the Indian Open.

    "Our sports minister is very supportive of me and has asked me to persevere until the 2016 Olympic Games. I digested what he said and I gave him my word to keep on playing," Lee was quoted as saying by Malaysia's The Star newspaper.

    "This year, I will focus on the majors (Thomas Cup, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games).

    "I will try my best to maintain my form and hang on for another two years."