Chong Wei will miss two Superseries event on his return


National singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei in action at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea last year. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/ The STAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei can forget about playing in the next two Superseries tournaments – the Australian Open from May 26-31 and the Indonesian Open from June 2-7.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had to turn down Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) request to field Chong Wei because the closing dates are over.

“I spoke to (BWF secretary general) Thomas Lund and he explained that there are procedures to follow. The closing dates for both tournaments had ended ... we were just trying our luck,” said BAM technical director Morten Frost.

But trust Frost to come up with a back-up plan to help Chong Wei improve his world ranking, which has plunged to 45th.

“We will now register him for the back-to-back US Open and Canada Open. He has never competed in these tournaments before ...,” said the Dane.

The US Open, which is a Grand Prix Gold tournament, will be held in New York from June 16-21. The Canada Open is a Grand Prix tournament and will be held in Calgary from June 23-28.

Although Friday is Labour Day, Chong Wei will be hard at work at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara as part of his preparation for the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China, from May 10-17.

It is also officially his first day back in training after serving a retroactive eight-month ban after he tested positive for dexamethasone at the World Championships in Copenhagen last August.

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