(File pix) “At my age now, it’s difficult for me to play in 19 tournaments a year. If I were 25 years old, then it shouldn’t be a problem for me” said Lee Chong Wei

KUALA LUMPUR: Former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei hopes the Badminton World Federation will exempt him from 12 second-tier competition, known as Super Series, in 2018.

The 35-year-old said at his age, it is impossible for him to compete in all the 12 tournaments especially when he also has to play in the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

The BWF have made compulsory for the world’s top 10 players to compete in the 12 Super Series tournaments.

And if a player fails to participate without a valid reason, he faces a fine.

“If I have to compete in all 12 tournaments, that will make it a total of 19 for 2018. This includes the Asian Team Championship, Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup, Asian Championship, Asian Games, World Championship and Super Series Final.

“At my age now, it’s difficult for me to play in 19 tournaments a year. If I were 25 years old, then it shouldn’t be a problem for me.

“I have discussed this with BWF, to request for an exemption. I hope they will consider it,” said Chong Wei.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist said he will need to give priority to events such as the Commonwealth Games, (in April), Asian Team Championship in Alor Star (February), Thomas Cup in Bangkok (May) and Asian Games in Indonesia (August).

“Like I said before, my main focus will be the Commonwealth and Asian Games aside from the Thomas Cup. The other tournaments will be decided upon after further discussions with the coaches.”

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