BA of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria wants Lee Chong Wei not to exert himself as he has just recovered from a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury. Pix by OWEE AH CHUN.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria does not want Lee Chong Wei to exert himself after getting the greenlight to compete at the All England in Birmingham on March 7-12.

The BA of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president believes the bigger challenge for Chong Wei – who has just only just recovered from a knee injury – is to be at his best for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August.

Early last month, the men’s singles world No 1 suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) after slipping on one of the mats during training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABL).

However, with enough rehabilitation, the 35-year-old was able to make a quick comeback to training on court and after a recent MRI scan, was given the clearance to make the trip to Birmingham.

“Of course I am glad that Chong Wei is back and he will be able to compete in the All England.

“As everyone already know, he (Chong Wei) has not played in a competitive match since the end of last year (World Super Series Finals) and the All England is one of the major tournaments he had plan to compete in.

“However, it is a tournament that will draw all the top players in the world, so I want him to take things lightly. Step by step because the main target this year is the World Championships in Glasgow,” said Norza who is also the Coaching and Training (C&T) committee chairman.

Apart from the All England and World Championships, Chong Wei is also expected to compete at the India Open on March 28-Apr 2, Malaysia Open (Apr 4-9), Sudirman Cup (May 21-28) and Indonesia Open (June 13-18).

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