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Japanese swimming superstar, Rikako Ikee, diagnosed with leukemia

Japan’s swimming sensation, Rikako Ikee, the first female to be picked as Most Valuable Player at 2018’s Asian Games, has been diagnosed with leukemia, she said on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old tweeted “I still cannot believe it and am in a state of confusion.

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“However, it is a disease that can be cured completely if treated properly.”

Ikee said she urgently flew back from her training camp in Australia to see a doctor after feeling unwell.

She won a record six gold medals in swimming at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (NAN)