The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are ready to help Lee Chong Wei lessen his international workload this year. STR file pic/OWEE AH CHUN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are ready to help Lee Chong Wei lessen his international workload this year.

Chong Wei has said it would be too taxing for him to play in 12 level two Super Series tournament organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

BAM honorary secretary Datuk Ng Chin Chai said the national body will send an appeal letter to the BWF in a week’s time.

The BWF have stated that it is compulsory for the world’s top 10 players to compete in all 12 of the Super Series tournaments. And a player will be fined if he doesn’t participate.

“We will appeal to the BWF to reduce the number of tournaments that Chong Wei has to compete in.

“This is because he has to compete in five additional tournaments,” said Chin Chai today.

The five competitions are the World Championships, Thomas Cup, Asian Team championship, Asian Games and Comonwealth Games.

Chin Chai pointed out that Chong Wei will also play an additional tournament if he qualifies for the World Super Series finals.

The 35-year-old Chong Wei has said considering his age, it will be too taxing for the World No 2 to take part in all 12 Super Series tournaments.

“I have discussed this issue with Chong Wei and he has also told the BWF during the recent Super Series finals in Dubai,” said Chin Chai.

“At the age of 35, Chong Wei faces the risk of getting injured if he takes part in too many tournaments.”

Translated from Harian Metro

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