PETALING JAYA: Datuk Lee Chong Wei has lost some weight after undergoing cancer treatment, but is recovering well, says Olympic Council of Malaysia President Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.
Mohamad Norza met the national badminton ace on Thursday morning (Oct 11), four days after Lee returned from Taiwan where he had spent two months to receive treatment for nasal cancer.
Lee looked healthy and strong in a photo with Mohamad Norza.
"He is a true fighter. I am super happy that he is recovering well. He lost around 5kg but he is in a cheerful and jovial mood," said Mohamad Norza, who is also Badminton Association Malaysia president.
He added that Lee needs at least another two to three weeks more of rest.
"We spoke about his treatment which he had to endure, the chemo and proton therapy and also the performance of our badminton squad," he said, adding that Lee is happy with fellow shuttler Lee Zii Jia's win at the Taiwan Open.
Chong Wei was absent from training for two weeks in July, which the BAM later revealed was because he had been diagnosed with a respiratory-related disease.
Chong Wei later pulled out from the World Championships in Nanjing and the Asian Games in July and August, after suspecting something was amiss following a semi-final exit at the Indonesian Open in Jakarta.
Prior to the Indonesian Open, he was in smashing form when he upstaged hotshot Kento Momota of Japan en route to winning his 12th Malaysian Open title.
BAM later revealed that Chong Wei was suffering from nasal cancer after speculation about his disease went viral on social media.