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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 2:33 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 2:38 AM (IST)

Cancer fighter Lee Chong Wei eyes Tokyo gold

Cancer fighter Lee Chong Wei eyes Tokyo gold
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei gestures during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday; the 36-year-old said he had started “some light training at home”. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, November 8

Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is planning to return to badminton after successful treatment for nose cancer and has set his sights on winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he said on Thursday.

Speaking at his first news conference since his diagnosis in September, the Malaysian three-time Olympics silver medallist said he has no intention of retiring. “I love this sport and I want to be back soon and prepare for upcoming tournaments, but how quickly I will return will depend on my condition,” the 36-year-old said.

“My doctors have advised me to take things slowly and I will listen to their advice to take things slowly... I have started some light training at home. Of course, the Olympics gold is still my dream and my target.” 

Lee, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia this year, remains hopeful of making his comeback at the All England Open in March.

Lee underwent treatment in Taiwan and lost five kilograms in weight.

“This is a time that is very tough for me,” said Lee, who has slipped to eighth in the world rankings. “I thank the support of my family, friends and my fans who wished me a quick recovery. This was very important to me.” — Reuters

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