Japanese Swimmer Ikee Diagnosed with Leukemia


Tokyo, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)--Prominent Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, 18, said on her Twitter account Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Ikee tweeted that she tested positive for the disease after hurriedly returning from Australia due to poor health.

She added that she has decided not to participate in the national swimming championships in April, in order to concentrate on treatment.

"I'm confused as I still cannot believe it," Ikee said. "I'll fight to emerge as a stronger Rikako Ikee as soon as possible."

Ikee holds the national records for five individual events including the women's 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.

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