The Serbian tennis star was among the many gamers who examined optimistic for coronavirus throughout his disastrous Adria Tour, the place matches had been performed in entrance of 1000’s and social distancing was minimal.
Referring to that incident, Lee expressed his doubt over the badminton season restarting this 12 months and prompt the world physique to begin afresh in 2021.
“I feel it’s truthful for worldwide tournaments to be cancelled this 12 months. Simply begin recent subsequent 12 months [because] it’s too dangerous. Simply take a look at what occurred to Djokovic and the NBA gamers,” Lee instructed the New Straits Instances.
The NBA noticed a number of gamers check optimistic for the virus, together with Denver Nuggets All-Star centre Nikola Jokic, amid plans to restart subsequent month.
“I want to keep away from speculating however I’ve been listening to too many rumours. Will the Thomas and Uber Cups go as deliberate? Will the Olympics be postponed once more?
“I do know it’s necessary for the BWF to get tournaments operating once more as a result of tv rights generate income. However member associations just like the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia will lose cash internet hosting a match as a result of they received’t make a lot from ticket gross sales.
“We’ve got additionally but to contemplate the varied travelling insurance policies. Malaysia could not have as many Covid-19 instances however what about gamers from different international locations?” he added.
In response to their newest plan, the BWF penciled August for the season to restart, with all top-tier occasions scheduled to renew in September regardless of most international locations but to elevate their worldwide journey sanctions.
Lee joined Goh Liu Ying in calling for tournaments to be performed subsequent 12 months, with the combined doubles shuttler additionally frightened of the lingering risk of the virus.