Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei has won a multitude of accolades and medals for his prowess on the badminton court.
But his hardest challenge is before him yet.
The three-time Olympic silver medallist was recently diagnosed with early stage nose cancer and, according to Malaysian dailies, is currently undergoing treatment in Taiwan.
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) says that cancer of the nose is a rare type of cancer that most commonly affects men in their 50s and 60s.
Symptoms exhibited can be similar to those experienced with less serious conditions, such as colds and sinusitis, though it is recommended that anyone with unusual or persistent symptoms see a GP. These symptoms can include a persistent blocked nose (usually only affecting one side), nosebleeds, mucus draining from the nose (which may be blood-stained) and a decreased sense of smell.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia released this statement, quelling any further rumours surrounding his condition.
View this post on Instagram
Despite his diagnosis, he hopes to return to the realm of competitive badminton, telling fans in a Weibo video that he “will go back to the badminton court to meet you as soon as possible.”
Ever since news of his illness was made public, he’s seen no shortage of support from Malaysians everywhere, who are rallying together to send him well wishes and hopes for a smooth recovery.
According to Wikipedia, he has had 705 wins, I hope his 706th win is beating cancer. That man deserves life. #LeeChongWei
— Dee (@___ideena___) September 22, 2018
Get well soon #LeeChongWei
We all praying for you, our hero..
— Chaos_invalentine (@ChaosInvalentin) September 23, 2018
Lee Chong Wei- the badminton icon, a sporting hero, diagnosed of nose cancer. Get well soon Champ, we want to see you dance on the court once again, and soon. @LeeChongWei #leechongwei https://t.co/aTNn4phFPr
— Rakesh Aggarwal (@Raag_ips) September 23, 2018
Source: The Star, New Straits Times, NHS