Sep 15, 2016

    Lee may play in 2020 Games if scoring format changes


    CAN you imagine Lee Chong Wei taking on Lin Dan for the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

    Well, don't bet against it, especially if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decides to change the best-of-three 21-point scoring format to the 11-point best-of-five system.

    If they do, world No. 1 Lee, who settled for a third Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro last month, believes that it would be possible for him to extend his career.

    "Nothing is confirmed yet, but if there is indeed a change, I could very well compete at the Tokyo Olympics," he said.

    "Even Lin Dan might play on as the 11-point system would mean shorter matches... which is better for senior players like us."

    Lee, who turns 34 next month, also admitted that "it is possible for me to represent Malaysia at the 2018 Thomas Cup".

    "I'm still in good physical condition and I have no issues training under Hendrawan and (Tey) Seu Bock as I prepare for the World Championships next year," he added.

    For now though, the Penangite is just focused on his next assignment - the Japan Open in Tokyo from Sept 20 to 25.

    It will be Lee's first tournament since losing to Chen Long in the Olympic final last month.

    Lee, who has won the Japan Open five times - in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - is the top seed.

    He faces Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the first round.