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Cancer-hit badminton ace shelves appearance to focus on recovery

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysian star Wei has shown he's a "true fighter" after treatment for but he has put public appearances on hold to focus on his recovery, a told AFP on Friday.

Association of president said the former world number one is looking well despite losing about five kilos (11 lbs) in weight while undergoing "tough" and proton therapy in

Lee had flagged a "a few days" after his return to on Sunday, but Norza said the 35-year-old needed to rest to strengthen his immune system.

"Lee is a true fighter. He is in incredible spirit. He was extremely cheerful and jovial," he said.

"Lee shared with me his experiences during treatment and told me that his and proton therapy was tough."

Norza said he had breakfast with Lee on Thursday, where the consumed soup. He said Lee looked better since his return to

"Lee has lost some weight, maybe four to five kilogrammes, but he is looking good," he said.

Last month, BAM announced that the three-time Olympic silver medallist was diagnosed with early-stage

BAM had said in July that Lee was suffering from a and was pulling out of the World Championships and

Lee is Malaysia's top star after his long run of success at badminton's highest levels, despite his oft-lamented failure to win a world or Olympic title.

But Norza said he told the three-time Olympic silver medallist to recuperate and not to think about his future in the sport.

"I told Lee, we can sit and talk about the future of his career in the next three weeks and I told him all Malaysians are praying for his speedy recovery," the said.

Lee is currently ranked fifth in the world, after fighting his way back to prominence following his return from a doping ban in 2015.

Lee tested positive for a banned anti-inflammatory drug at the 2014 World Championships, an incident which many feared would end his career.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 12:57 IST