Saturday June 23, 2012
Coach: Drop in ranking from number one not affecting Chong Wei
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s fall from the world No. 1 spot may have come at the wrong time but national coach Tey Seu Bock does not want to see it as a tell-tale sign of a decline.
On Thursday, Chong Wei’s four-year reign as world No. 1 ended when four-time world champion Lin Dan of China assumed the spot on the latest world rankings released by the World Badminton Federation.
Chong Wei is recovering from an ankle injury picked up at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last month and the drop in ranking is inevitable as he had skipped last week’s Indonesian Open and the ongoing Singapore Open.
“Chong Wei was the Indonesian Open champion last year and naturally he lost ranking points for skipping it. We knew the consequences when we withdrew him from the tournament. This, however, will not affect his seeding at the London Games as he will still be the top seed,” said Seu Bock.
The seeding is based on the May 3 world rankings.
“Yes, maybe it is not timely to lose his world number one status now but it will not in any way affect his preparations. A good player is one who is able to deflect all the distractions that are beyond his control and focus on himself. And for now, Chong Wei is doing exactly this,” Seu Bock added.