Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei announces retirement

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Added On June 15, 2019

Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei has announced his retirement from badminton citing health reasons, ending a 19-year professional career.
 
SOUNDBITE(MALAYSIAN):LEE CHONG WEI, Malaysian Badminton Player
"Today everyone knows more or less my intention for calling this press conference. I would like to announce that I'm retiring from the sport after 19 years." 
 
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Lee said the decision was a difficult one which he had struggled with, but ultimately he and his family had decided that retirement was the best course of action.
 
Lee thanked all Malaysians for their support.
 
He also showed appreciation to his Chinese supporters.
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE):LEE CHONG WEI, Malaysian Badminton Player
"In fact, I want to thank so many Chinese fans for supporting me all the way. I can hear them cheering on the court, whether I'm playing in China or in other countries. I really appreciate their support over the years."
 
Lee was first diagnosed with early stage nose cancer last year.
 
Lee is a three-time Olympic silver medalist and previously held the World No. 1 spot for six consecutive years.
 
He amassed a total of 705 wins and 69 titles over his 19-year career.