羽球/最偉大的無冕之王 名將李宗偉確定退役 | Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei announces retirement after battle with cancer

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李宗偉。(圖/美聯社/達志影像)| Photo of Lee Chong Wei, one of the greatest badminton players of all time.

去年勇敢抗癌的馬來西亞羽球名將「大馬拿督」李宗偉,今(13)日召開記者會宣布自己將結束職業生涯,也放棄衝擊東京奧運的資格,確定無緣再次來衝擊男單金牌。

Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who was diagnosed with nose cancer in September 2018, announced on June 13 that he will retire, meaning that he won’t participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

李宗偉去年9月被爆出離亂鼻咽癌,也震撼體壇,不過他當時並沒有就此打算離開最愛的球場,在經過為期3個月的治療後終於康復,他也不斷的努力訓練,嘗試要盡快復出,趕上參加奧運。

Lee shocked his fans last year after announcing that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Still, he did not intend to retire as he believed he could make it back to the world stage after three months of treatment in Taiwan. He also wanted to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and finally, bring a gold medal to Malaysia, he said.

不過由於奧運積分賽已經開打,李宗偉必須在8月14日前復出,才能保留排名,但是由於訓練進度不盡理想,他無法趕在這段期間內回歸,因此最終選擇了退役。

In order to qualify for the upcoming Olympics, however, Lee needed to return to international tournaments before Aug. 14 to retain his ranking. Due to his treatment and advice from medical staff, it did not seem like he could make it in time, which led him to announce his retirement.

李宗偉今天在記者會上一度相當輕鬆,但在親口宣布即將退役後,眼淚就不自主地流了下來,也感謝所有球迷的支持,接下來將會好好休息,以及陪伴家人。

Lee seemed to be relaxed and well at the press conference today but cried when he announced he was to retire. He thanked his fans for their continued support and stated that he would rest and stay with his family.

李宗偉過去被譽為羽壇「四大天王」,但可惜在大賽總是被林丹所壓制,始終無法拿到具份量的冠軍,不過其生涯摘下69冠,另外還有3個奧運銀牌、一個亞運銀牌以及3個世錦賽亞軍,也讓人稱他是最偉大的「無冕」選手。

Lee is known to be one of the four badminton kings but could never defeat Lin Dan (China) in the Olympics to claim the first gold medal for Malaysia. However, he was able to bring to Malaysia three silver medals, an Asia Games silver medal, and 3 world championship victories.

而作為一生的好對手,林丹也在個人社群網站上發文表示:「從今後獨自上場,再也沒人陪我了。」不難看出他對老對手以及老朋友的致敬以及不捨。

As a good friend and rival on the court, Lin Dan posted on his personal website saying “From now on, nobody will be able to accompany me on the badminton court.” Lin Dan recently stated that his motivation for not retiring himself was because he was motivated by his rival and friend Chong Wei. ●