Inactive Chong Wei to lose No.1 ranking to Chen Long

  • Badminton
  • Monday, 22 Dec 2014

Chen Long of China will overtake Lee Chong Wei as the No.1 badminton player in the world on Thursday. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: Suspended national shuttler Lee Chong Wei will no longer be the world No. 1 on Thursday.

China’s Chen Long will take over the coveted top spot following his success in the men’s singles final at the BWF World Superseries Finals, which ended in Dubai on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Chong Wei has held the No. 1 ranking for the last six years – losing only once to Chinese superstar Lin Dan for a few weeks in 2012.

The Penangite, however, has been inactive since the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea in September.

He was suspended indefinitely by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Nov 11 following a positive doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug 30.

Chong Wei was unable to defend his title at the Superseries Finals and it resulted in him losing a lot of ranking points.

In Chong Wei’s absence for the past few months, world champion Chen Long piled up his ranking points by winning the Denmark Open and Superseries Finals.

Chen Long now has 84,401 points and his easy 21-16, 21-10 win over Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in Sunday’s final will give him a 90,361 total. In contrast, Chong Wei stands still at 84,361 points.

With a BWF hearing into his case likely to take place only next year, Chong Wei may even struggle to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The only positive note for Chong Wei is that there will be no Superseries events until the All-England Championships in Birmingham from March 3-8. The qualifying period for the Olympics only starts in May.

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