Players must stop complaining about hectic schedule

PETALING JAYA: Stop the bickering!

Three-time Olympic Games silver medallist Lee Chong Wei is tired over shuttlers’ complaints against the Badminton World Federation (BWF) regarding tight tournament schedules this season.

In fact, the 39-year-old legend commended the world body for keeping the game alive in a challenging season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Players complained when tournaments were cancelled and then grumble when there are back-to-back tournaments. It’s hard to please them,” said Chong Wei.

“They failed to understand that the world body have been in a precarious spot but have done their best to work within their limitations.

“I agree it’s a unique season as the world body had to pack in several major tournaments since October.

“Some players have played in seven back-to-back tournaments while some chose to withdraw.”

The World Championships starting today in Huelva, Spain, is the second back-to-back world event after the World Tour Finals in Bali two weeks ago.

There were also the Thomas Cup Finals and Sudirman Cup held within three weeks and both happened just two months after the Olympic Games.

“BWF had no choice but to run these events but the players have the choice to choose which to play in as it is not compulsory to play in all,” Chong Wei said.

“Hosting tournaments keeps the game alive and an avenue for players to earn through prize money.

“If top players withdraw, then the back-up players get a chance to play and make some money.

“I believe it’s a win-win situation for all. The world body had to deal with different government policies, too.

“Despite all the limitations, I believe BWF have done their best. I just want to commend them for putting the interest of players first and for a good job this year.

“Also kudos to all the organisers from different countries for creating a safe environment for players to play. It’s hard work, extra work and needs extra funding... but Indonesia recently did an excellent job.”

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