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Cancer-hit Lee announces badminton comeback bid

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysian star Wei Thursday said he plans to return to after successful treatment for nose cancer, insisting he had no intention of retiring.

The ex-world number one said he could resume training as early as next month and was targeting a competitive comeback at in March.

"I finished all my treatment... and have recovered very well," a cheerful and a healthy-looking Lee, 36, told a press conference in

"I want to come back to court," he said, adding: "As of now, I am not retiring." The three-time Olympic silver medallist was making his first public appearance since his shock diagnosis was announced in September.

Lee, who returned from treatment in last month, said it was his "dream" to play in the 2020 Olympics, which would be his fifth

"This is my dream. But health is most important," he said, adding: "I just try my very best because I love my country... and I love " Lee, who enjoys superstar status in Malaysia, was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer, forcing him to pull out of the and world championships.

On the advice of his doctors, he travelled to for treatment during which he lost five kilos (11 pounds). He returned to a month ago.

"This is a time that is very tough for me," said Lee, who has slipped to eighth in the world rankings.

is perhaps the biggest blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships. Lee returned to the sport in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 15:00 IST