Chong Wei says next Asian and Commonwealth Games will be his last

GEORGE TOWN: National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei says the Asian Games in Jakarta and the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year will be the last time he participates in those competitions.

"It is for certain that the next Commonwealth and Asian Games will be my last," he said.

However, he did not confirm if he would take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, saying it was dependant on his fitness.

Lee, who hails from Penang, said this after he won the lifetime athlete award during the Penang Sports Awards 2016 ceremony held at The Top@Komtar on Friday.

"I did not expect to win such an award, which is the state recognising my contributions as a national player.

"I feel proud to be a Penangite and it motivates me to continue playing.

Lee attended the event with his wife Datin Wong Mew Choo.

State football player Mohd Faiz Subri, the 2016 FIFA Puskas Award winner, also bagged the Special Award.

The event is held annually by the Penang State Sports Council to recognise the best athletes in the state.

Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

Roll of Honour

TYT Premier Award: Lee Chong Wei (badminton)
Best Athlete (male): Lee Chong Wei (badminton)
Best Athlete (female): Nicol David (squash)
Best Promising Athlete (male): Mohammad Syahir Mohd Rosdi (sepaktakraw)
Best Promising Athlete (female): Cherlene Cheung (karate)
Best Team (male): Karate-Kata
Best Team (female): Karate-Kata
Best Paralympic Athlete (male): Yoong Chung Wei (swimming)
Best Paralympic Athlete (female): Koh Lee Peng (swimming)
Best Coach: Lim Lee Lee (karate)
Sports Leadership: Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail (sepak takraw)