Three-time Olympic silver-medallist Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with an early stage nose cancer, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced on on Saturday.

Chong Wei has been off the circuit since the BWF World Championships 2018 and BAM had announced ahead of that tournament in Nanjing, China that, “he is unwell and suffering from a respiratory related disorder.”

The announcement at that time statement that Lee Chong Wei would be unable to undergo any physical activity for at least a month. However, now it seems the wait to see the legend back to playing badminton might have prolonged.

On Saturday, BAM President Dato’ Sri Norza Zakaria issued a statement announcing that Chong Wei was in the early stage of nose cancer and was seeking treatment currently in Taiwan.

He further stated that Chong Wei was responding well to the treatment and is recuperating.

“In response to recent reports concerning Datuk Lee Chong Wei, BAM confirms that the player has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer.

“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,” BAM President said in a statement.