Wei Feng to retire?

With the Badminton World Federation refusing to grant former world number one Lee Chong Wei a wildcard for the tournament, Wei Feng was a selection casualty as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) opted to pair Chong Wei with Zulfadli Zulkifli.

Wei Feng, who has represented Malaysia at the World Championships twice, conceded that he was fuming about the decision as Zulkifli is ranked 32nd in the world, nine spots lower then the 27-year-old Wei Feng.

As he is unable to do anything about the decision, Wei Feng has decided to focus on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but admits that he may look to retire if matters continue to go against him.

"I’m disappointed with the decision but life goes on," he told reporters. "My focus now is to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

"I’ll give it everything but if things don’t improve, I may consider retiring next year. 

"I wish Lee and Zulfadli all the best. I hope Lee can be our first world champion."

Meanwhile, BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff defended his decision to pick Zulkifli instead of Wei Feng, stating that choosing a younger player was essential.

He added that Zulkifli, who is a former world junior champion, can permanently replace Wei Feng once the latter decides to hang up his racquet for good. 

"We’re on the lookout for young talents good enough to represent the country within and outside BAM. On this basis, we’ve selected Zulfadli for the World Championships," Ariff said after chairing an executive committee meeting yesterday. "We decided not sending Chong Wei would deprive the nation of a potential medal.

"So it was between the two, and seeing Chong is older and has qualified before, we went with Zulfadli."