24th May, 2012
SEPANG: The National Sports Institute (ISN) will send a team of medical specialists to check the injury suffered by national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei before deciding on the best form of treatment.
“A team of specialists in radiology, orthopedic and physiotherapy will be send to Chong Wei’s house tomorrow to decide on the treatment and hospital to be sent for such treatment,” said ISN Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.
Dr Ramlan said: “It is still early to speculate on Chong Wei’s injury before carrying out any tests. We will check him…look at his physical condition and the MRI report that he has brought back. Maybe we will need a more detailed MRI because the earlier one was done in an emergency situation,” he said.
Based on the report from the medical officer who treated his injury in Wuhan, China, the injury could take three to four weeks to heal and that was a reasonable assessment but there is a need for an in-depth picture of his injury, he said.
Chong Wei who injured his ankle during his Thomas Cup Group C match against Peter Gade of Denmark on Monday, arrived in a wheelchair at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 6.25pm, accompanied by officials from the National Sports Council and the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
He was received by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek who expressed deep concern.
“I am saddened by this injury and the fact that I could not be with the team to play against China today,” said Chong Wei who could not control his tears.
“I have to accept and get on with it because the Olympics is near. I need to be mentally prepared and strong. There will be very little time for me to prepare but competition at the Olympics in London will be tougher than in Beijing four years ago,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Shabery said the ministry was prepared to send Chong Wei for treatment abroad if needed.
“We will give him (Chong Wei) the best form of treatment to recover from his injury. If treatment here is not enough, we will send him abroad. In the time being he can have a good rest and do some soul searching,” he said.