Badminton great Lee Chong Wei is out of action taking medical treatment in Taiwan. There are contradicting reports about the health of the 36-year-old.
Amidst unconfirmed and unofficial reports that Lee Chong Wei is being treated for “3rd stage nose cancer”, asiaone.com from Malaysia while stating that the Badminton icon is undergoing treatment in Taiwan has reported that he will be heading home after the “repertory disorder treatment”. The treatment will be completed in a week’s time.
According to the website Badminton Association of Malaysia secretary, Datuk Ng Chin Chai had visited the 35-year-old Chong Wei in Taiwan and expressed satisfaction over his recovery. “His treatment will be completed by next week. He should be back to Malaysia after two weeks. Then, he will rest for one month at home,” Chin Chai is reported as saying.
Lee Chong Wei had opted out of the World Championships in Nanjing, China, in August and the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang due to the health concern.
“The doctor will assess his condition again and if he gets the greenlight, he is expected to start his workout (in November). He was in a good mood over the two days I saw him – that’s positive,” added Chin Chai.
There were conflicting reports that the serious “health problem will most likely bring his illustrious career to a premature end”.
In a video, his sponsor Yonex had played at the Nanjing World Championships, a normal-looking Lee Chong Wei had apologised his fans for missing the event and promised to be back in action soon.
However, the Badminton Association of Malaysia in an official statement had said that it understood the concern surrounding the absence of Datuk Lee Chong Wei at the Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) this past week.
“We regret to announce that Datuk Lee has informed BAM that he is unwell and suffering from a respiratory-related disorder. His doctor has advised him to rest and undergo treatment. For the time being, he cannot undergo any intensive physical activity for a period of at least one month and therefore we have to withdraw Datuk Lee from his participation at the BWF World Championships 2018 scheduled from 30 July to 5 August and the Asian Games 2018 scheduled from 19 to 28 August,” read the statement.
“During this period of recovery, we ask the public and the media to respect the privacy of Datuk Lee and his family. We pray for his speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back at the ABM.”
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