Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee has revealed on Twitter how she has been coping with her treatment for leukemia.
The 18-year-old revealed her diagnosis last month. On Wednesday, she tweeted that treatment has been much, much tougher than she anticipated, and she has not been able to eat for more than three days. But she added she will not be defeated.
The president of the International Olympic Committee has sent a message to Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee saying "wishing you all the best for your recovery." Ikee was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Thomas Bach on Wednesday tweeted from the official Olympic account, saying "Joining with all your millions of fans to send you all my best wishes. Now just concentrate on getting better."
Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee, who has announced that she has been diagnosed with leukemia, will start full treatment for the disease. Sources close to the Japan Swimming Federation say the process may take more than six months.
Ikee holds national records in multiple events, including the women's 100-meter butterfly.
Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee says she gained confidence from the 2018 Asian Games, where she won 6 gold medals and was named the Most Valuable Player.
The 18-year-old swimming sensation got a warm welcome upon her arrival at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Monday, after attending an award ceremony in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.