Badminton: Malaysia's Lee urged to cut schedule to play on till Rio
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Badminton's world No.1 Lee Chong Wei faced calls on Friday to reduce his rigorous playing schedule if he wants to extend his career to the 2016 Olympics.
The 30-year-old was stretchered from the court during this month's world championships final against Lin Dan with cramp and dehydration, in the latest heartbreaking defeat by his nemesis.
But Lee, still without a world or Olympic title despite consistently topping the rankings, was back playing in the lucrative new Indian Badminton League (IBL) just days later.
"He should not participate in too many tournaments," said Zolkples Embong, Malaysia's national sports council director-general, adding that Lee should focus on the Olympics and next year's Asian Games.