Wei too painful
By Rajes Paul
World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei's serious ankle injury at the Thomas Cup leave his Olympic dreams hanging in the balance.
"He will not take part in any more matches," confirmed Malaysia singles coach Rashid Sidek.
"We must focus on getting him fit for the Olympics."
The 29-year-old shuttler is now expected to be out of action for four weeks, thus affecting his preparations for the London Games, which will be held from July 27-Aug 12.
Lee landed awkwardly after going two points ahead in his match against Denmark's Peter Gade.
Doctors rushed onto court but the tearful player was in visible pain and taken away for scans and treatment at a nearby hospital.
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was done and it confirmed that Chong Wei has suffered a tear on his tendon.
His coach Tey Seu Bock said that Chong Wei was very sad and down-hearted and kept asking why it had happened to him during his short stay at the hospital.
“He felt bad that he could not contribute a point for the team. He was also worried about the Olympic Games and wondered why it had happened so close to the Games.
"He is emotionally down,” he said.
Photos by Glenn Guan
Published May 24 2012