PUTRAJAYA, June 13 (Bernama) -- National singles badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei who just announced his retirement now wishes to go on a long overdue honeymoon owed to his wife, Datin Wong Mew Choo.
Chong Wei got married to Mew Choo, who is also a former female singles player, seven years ago.
"To be honest, I wish to rest and I want to settle the ‘debt’ with my wife because since we got married in 2012, I have not taken her on a honeymoon.
"Everybody knows, as a badminton player, long breaks are not possible, and my schedule was quite packed with much time gone into training and participating in various tournaments.
"I participated in championships, one after the other, and there was no time to take her on a honeymoon or vacation, and this is the right time for me to take a rest, (to) just take my wife (and) go for a holiday," he said during a special press conference to announce his retirement at the Ministry of Youth and Sports here, today.
The 36-year-old announced his retirement after an illustrious 19-year career.
The three-time Olympic silver medalist said he would continue contributing to the sport in whatever capacity possible.
"Although I will retire, I will continue to assist BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia). Maybe as a 'sparring partner' for the younger players, or other matters, if required,” he said.
Since their marriage in November 2012, Chong Wei and Mew Choo have been blessed with two sons, Kingston and Terrence.
Meanwhile, Mew Choo, who is also 2012 SEA Games gold medallist in the female singles event said it would be nice to go on a break, however, the most important thing now was her husband’s health.
"At the moment, it's (going on a honeymoon) not so important. For me, what’s important is his health. I remember that when I was an athlete, I took part in the World Championships in Los Angeles (LA). And then, I hoped I could go to LA once again," she said.
Asked about Chong Wei's decision to retire, Mew Choo said she and the rest of the family had always supported whatever decision Chong Wei made, and she was relieved when he chose to retire to take care of his health.
"I know it's not easy for Chong Wei to decide to retire, but I think this is the best for him. Honestly, when he was an athlete, he spent a lot of time on training and tournaments.
"After his retirement, he will have more time with the children, as they are growing and need more attention,” she added.