SINGAPORE: Malaysia may have crashed out of the SEA Games men’s badminton team event, but former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is not leaving without making his presence felt.
The 32-year-old, playing in the biennial regional competition for the first time since 2005, took time to visit stage four brain cancer patient Joven Hsieh, who is a big fan.
Chong Wei had a picture taken with Joven, who was brought out in a wheelchair, and even gave her his match racquet.
“I told her to be strong and I gave her the racquet I used in my match against Indonesia,” said Chong Wei, who has slipped to No. 79 in the world rankings.
He leaves Singapore empty-handed and will be heading for the US Open (June 16-21) and Canada Open (June 23-28).
“Right now I’m quite low in the world rankings and I’m going to the US and Canada to hopefully get my rankings back up,” said Chong Wei.
“It will be good preparation for the World Championships in August as I will not have any other competition before that.”
The Star Online