KUALA LUMPUR: After a 19-year illustrious career, Lee Chong Wei is expected to announce his retirement next week.

According to a source, the 37-year-old former World No 1 made the decision after his doctor advised him to take it easy to prevent his nose cancer from recurring.

“Chong Wei has already decided to hang up his racquet but he wants to meet the BA of Malaysia (BAM) and his coaches first before making an announcement.

“Based on reports, Chong Wei is cancer free, but he must not put himself under undue stress which could cause a relapse,” the source told Berita Harian.

Since taking a break in April, Chong Wei has yet to return to court for training.

Before that, the three-time Olympic silver medallist was training thrice a week at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara, ever since he was cleared of the illness.

Chong Wei, when contacted, revealed he had already decided on his future and will be meeting BAM and his coaches soon.

“After the Hari Raya break, I will meet with Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria (BAM president) and my coaches to talk about my future.

“It is up to them to call for a press conference. For now, I cannot say anything because I have to respect BAM and my coaches,” Chong Wei said.

Before being diagnosed with nose cancer last July, Chong Wei set a new record when he won the Malaysia Open title for the 12th time.