BAM confirms Chong Wei has early stage cancer

Lee Chong Wei. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has confirmed reports that national badminton champion Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer.

In a statement issued today, BAM president Norza Zakaria said Lee was currently seeking treatment in Taiwan.

He said Lee was responding well to his treatment.

“He is currently resting and recuperating among family and close friends,” said Norza.

“We urge everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family.”

Norza said BAM will offer all support to the badminton legend.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist had not taken part in the World Championships in Nanjing, China, and 18th Asian Games in Indonesia last month due to “health issues” and due to a “respiratory-related disorder”.

News reports had stated he was undergoing treatment in Taiwan for a threatening disease that could prematurely end his illustrious career.

On his Twitter account, the administrator today reproduced the BAM statement.

“We hope that all of Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei fans can give privacy to him and his family while he is resting.

“We wish him speedy recovery. In the meantime, your prayers are appreciated!”