Chong Wei wants to give cancer patients hope

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Datuk Lee Chong Wei hopes his “victory” over early-stage nose cancer will inspire others who are fighting the dreaded disease.

The former world No 1 was diagnosed in July but has since been given the all-clear after undergoing 33 proton therapy treatments in Taiwan.

“I went for a checkup yesterday and was told that I am now cancer-free.”

“This was my hardest struggle. I cried and could not eat for more than a week when I received the results of my tests in July and wondered how it could have happened,” said Lee.

“But I was determined to fight it and with help from my family, friends and BA of Malaysia officials, I am now free of the disease.

“I am lucky I caught it early and am still young. But I hope to be an inspiration for other cancer patients … we can beat this if we never give up.”

Lee, who said he will resume on-court training in December, hopes to be fit for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Currently ranked No 8 in the world, he said he is confident he can make the grade to Japan as the Olympic qualification period only starts next May.

“I have not thought about retirement as I love my country and my sport. I have started light training but will only resume on-court training next month,” he said.

“My doctors, who are my fans, want me to continue playing but told me to take it easy.

“My health is more important. I will see how I feel in the next few months and the aim is to return for the All England Open (in March).

“Right now, I will take it slow and steady and if I can continue, the aim is to go to Tokyo.

“I will only go if I think I can win a medal. I will not go there for a holiday. If I think I cannot challenge, I will make way for a younger player.”

For now, Lee said he will continue going for regular three-month check-ups to ensure he will soon be at his peak.