Kuala Lumpur: The President of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Mohamad Norza Zakaria confirmed that Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer.
In a statement released on Saturday, Zakaria asked for all parties to respect Lee’s privacy during this period.
“In response to recent reports concerning Datuk Lee Chong Wei, BAM confirms that the player has been diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer.
Chong Wei is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment and I am pleased to inform you that he is responding well to his treatment and is currently resting and recuperating amongst family and close friends. On behalf of Chong Wei, I would like to thank all Malaysians for your prayers and concern. Your support has been his source of strength and courage.
We urge everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family. BAM is in constant contact with Chong Wei and we will offer any support we can to our legend.”
At the end of July 2018, BAM announced that Lee was undergoing a treatment in Taiwan for a respiratory illness. Lee was forced to withdraw from the Asian Games, and World Championships to treat the career-threatening disease.
Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also told reporters that he has been closely monitoring Lee’s health condition even before the Malaysian badminton legend left for Taiwan for treatment.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports is ready to provide full support to Chong Wei, he is and icon and hero for all Malaysians,” said Syed Saddiq.
“I have also informed Chong Wei’s health condition to our Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali,” added Syed Saddiq.
Lee is expected to return to Malaysia at the end of September after completing his treatment.
Badmintonplanet.com hope Lee Chong Wei is taking it slow and easy right now, and we are looking forward to seeing Lee back at badminton court when he is ready.