Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei diagnosed with early stage nose cancer

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Three-time Olympic silver medallist and former world no. 1 Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer and is undergoing treatment in Taiwan, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced on Saturday.

"In response to recent reports concerning Datuk Lee Chong Wei, BAM confirms that the player has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer," BAM President Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said in a statement in their website.

"Chong Wei is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment and I am pleased to inform you that he is responding well to his treatment and is currently resting and recuperating amongst family and close friends."

Two months ago, BAM had issued a statement saying that Chong Wei had been diagnosed with a respiratory-related disorder and was taking a break.

Chong Wei had pulled out of two major tournaments -- the World Championships in China in August and the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia last month, and speculative reports about his illness had been circulating on social media.

"We urge everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family. BAM is in constant contact with Chong Wei and we will offer any support we can to our legend," BAM said.