KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei has given the thumbs-up to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for approving a two-month break for players next season.
The world body will kick off their prestigious BWF World Superseries next year with the All-England in March. They have decided to move the back-to-back Korean and Malaysian Opens, normally held in January, to a later date.
BWF are still finalising some changes in their tournament schedule and the full list will be released soon.
The two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei is happy with the move as it will give the top players some breathing space and ample time to rest and recover from the long season.
“We have been complaining about the hectic season for many years. Finally, the BWF have decided to look into it. I welcome the two-month break at the start of the year. It is a good idea,” said Chong Wei.
“In football, the players have a rest season. Now, the badminton players will enjoy the same. The players will come back refreshed after the break to give quality performances. This is certainly good news for older players like me,” he added, laughing.