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Lee Chong Wei Ponders Participation in the Asian Championships

Malaysia's leading men's singles player Lee Chong Wei may skip the Asian Championships in his home country because he wants to rest before the May's Thomas Cup Finals.

Lee, the world's number two ranked player, is an easy qualifier for the Beijing Games and is likely to be seeded second for the men's singles competition.

As such, there is no need for him to take part in tournaments in order to boost his ranking. The Asian Championships are taking place in Johor Bahru from April 15-20 while the Olympic qualifying cut-off date is April 30.

He also told local media that he was mentally tired having taken part in the Thomas Cup qualifiers in Vietnam, All England Championship and Swiss Open.

However, he is not going to make the decision by himself. He said he will consult his coach Misbun Sidek before deciding to pull out.

"I would love to compete in the ABC. It is a home tournament and I want to give the home supporters something to cheer about. But I am tired," Chong Wei said in the Malaysian media.

"It has been a hectic month. Right now, I feel confident with my position as the world number two player. I should be seeded second for the Olympics.

"If I compete in the ABC, I would definitely want to go all out and that would require me to focus a lot. It could all prove too much - mentally. I'd rather save my energy and give my best in the Thomas Cup Finals.

"But, having said that, I will let my coach decide. If Misbun wants me to just go and sweat it out, then I will be heading south."

Although he is unsure about the Asian event, Lee is confident of taking part in the National Championships in Alor Star.

Lee has had some encouraging results over the past few weeks. After leading Malaysia to the Thomas Cup Finals, he reached the men's singles semi-finals of the All England Championship, which is the most prestigious national championship in the world, and beat Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat on the way.

One week later, he finished runner-up at the Swiss Open, losing to China Lin Dan.

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