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Cancer not terminating my career: Chong Wei

  • Cancer is not a stumbling block to national badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei to continue with his dream of appearing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo courtesy: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Cancer is not a stumbling block to national badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei to continue with his dream of appearing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It has been almost four months after being diagnosed with first stage cancer in July that Chong Wei is coming forward to say that he was prepared to take on the national challenge to gain a slot in the Olympics starting next year.

The 36-year-old player who looks healthy and cheerful said he was relieved after he was confirmed cancer-free by doctors after undergoing 33 sessions of treatment in Taiwan.

"Thank you to all fans, my family and the association for praying for my good health as well as the supporting and inspiring me especially when I was going through a difficult patch to combat cancer.

"The disease is not an ordinary physical injury suffered by other athletes as contracting cancer is a much-feared condition by everybody. Like others, I was down, lost my appetite, could not sleep when I found out it was cancer," he told a special media conference at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara, here today.

In his 18 years in the world badminton arena, the national hero had also gone through various difficulties and challenges among them was being found positive for using dexamethasone in October 2014 apart from picking up several physical injuries.

But he did not give up and was always raring to continue his badminton career to bring honors for the country.

"I will return to the court after obtaining the approval of my doctor, maybe in December. Now I am training by myself in the house. I love badminton too much but now health is my main concern.

"I do not want to stop. The Olympic gold has always been my dream, what's the use of playing in the Olympics if one wants to lose, obviously everybody wants the Olympic gold medal," he said.

 

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