Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei is targeting the 2019 YONEX All England in Birmingham to make his competitive comeback to action after successful treatment for nose cancer.
And, whilst mindful of his condition, the four-time champion has dismissed rumours of a retirement, confirming he is expecting to return to training in early December
The Badminton Association of Malaysia announced in September that Lee had been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer and was seeking treatment in Taiwan.
Chong Wei admitted he ‘was crying for a week’ and could not sleep or eat after the diagnosis that was the toughest period of my life.
Now, in his first public appearance since the shock news, and a subsequent 33 treatments under the care of seven doctors, the 36-year-old has said that the cancer had gone into remission and that he would "slowly" return to the court.
"I finished all my treatment and have recovered very well. I want to come back to court. As of now, I am not retiring" Lee told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
He insisted that his health was his current priority but added "I love badminton. I just try my very best and I’ll come back soon.”
"If my condition is very bad, then I think it’s time I stop. Now I don’t know my condition right? I must go back to court first.”
The Malaysian superstar enjoys a deep love with the YONEX All England, having won the coveted men's singles title four times, most recently in 2017.
That emotional bond with badminton's greatest show in Birmingham is likely to strengthened further if the much loved legend makes his comeback at the 109th All England. He also knows his route to court will be welcomed a large Malaysian support at the YONEX All England.
He also knows he will be