Chan Peng Soon isn’t letting Bell’s palsy derail his Olympic dream

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Chan Peng Soon is undergoing acupuncture treatment. (photo: Chan Peng Soon's Instagram)
Chan Peng Soon is undergoing acupuncture treatment. (photo: Chan Peng Soon's Instagram)

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Rio Olympic mixed doubles silver medalist Chan Peng Soon whose badminton career – at least in the short term, was significantly altered after he was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy last week during the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China.

It was reported that Chan had received acupuncture treatment when he was in Guangzhou, and he would continue to seek medical treatment after he arrived in Malaysia last Saturday.

His coach, Chew Choon Eng said that Chan will release more information himself about the illness shortly.

“Peng Soon is resting now. He is seeing a doctor. We will know more about his condition shortly,” said Chew.

A medical expert from Malaysia believed that as long as Chan receives the right treatment and has enough time to recuperate, he could return to play badminton and continue his Rio Olympic qualification journey with partner Goh Liu Ying.

“Peng Soon could recover fully from Bell’s palsy. However, the time required for recovery varies from person to person, it could range from several weeks to several months, but it will take longer if there is not treated properly, especially for the elderly.”

BadmintonPlanet would like to wish Chan Peng Soon a speedy recovery.

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