Aug 22, 2016

    Lee says sorry to Malaysians for gold loss

    WORLD No. 1 men's singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei was apologetic after his final loss to China's Chen Long, saying he regretted that he failed to deliver gold to the 30 million Malaysians.

    "I'm really sorry to disappoint them. I tried my best but I've got to accept that Chen Long played better than me.

    "He was well prepared and managed to retrieve all my shots.

    "I played better today than I did in the 2012 (London) Olympics and all the World Championships. It was just not my day but I never once gave up.

    "My regret is that I could only win a silver again for the third time," he said after his 21-18, 21-18 loss to world No. 2 Chen.

    Asked if he would play in his fifth Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, Lee said: "I don't think so. I'll continue until next year's World Championships and see how my condition is.

    "I'll probably stop playing to give the younger guys a chance to play in the 2020 Olympics."

    On his immediate plans, he said he cannot wait to go back home after spending three weeks in Rio.

    "Now, I just want to go back to see my kids. I miss my kids, my family," he added.