Thursday, September 24, 2009


Lee Chong wei has been carrying a nagging knee injury and despite medical advice has been fielded in several tournaments after it was determined that the injury requires an operation.

So why has the Badminton Association of Malaysia chosen to send him when it was vital that he undergoes treatment. Was the decision made by the player, coach or BAM?

If what I hear is true, then Chong wei should be undergoing an operation soon. But why was it not done soon enough.

Read the report below on his exit at the Japan Open where many claim that it will be an easy title with Lin dan staying away.

After the Athens Olympics, two post mortems were carried out by the Sports Ministry, one by the Panel headed by Muralee Menon and Dato Seri Ibrahim Saad, while the other was commissioned to UPM Sports Unit.

While the Panel reports made it to the Cabinet (though only Ibrahim's report was sent), the UPM report was done without the knowledge of BAM, and I intend to publish the report here in due course, maybe then some in BAM will take notice that not all is rosy in Malaysian badminton.

World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed to live up to his pre-match promise, losing to Indonesia’s Simon Santoso in the Japan Open badminton tournament on Thursday.

The top seed, who has been struggling with his old left knee injury, worked hard in the final game clawing back from 5-12 to 19-19 before finally surrendering 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 in the second round.

Lee, the champion here in 2007, quickly left the court for treatment to his knee without talking to reporters.

For Santoso, it was his biggest win so far, although he has beaten Lee three times when the Malaysian was ranked lower.

“When I took the lead in the final game, I slowed down a little bit, giving him the chance to fight back. But I was patient in the end and able to beat him,” said Santoso, ranked 16.

“He is one of the best players in the world, he’s currently the number one player. Patience was the key to my victory today.”

With the win, Santoso set up a clash against defending champion and teammate Soni Dwi Kuncoro, the winner over China’s Chen Long 21-19, 15-21, 21-14.