Fighting leukemia, swimmer Ikee shares hope
NHK -- May 19
Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako has revealed a new look including short hair -- the result of her fight with leukemia.

Ikee, who holds the Japanese record for the 100-meter butterfly and other events, wrote on social media on Monday that she wants to show herself as she is.

Ikee added that she wants to bring hope to her fellow athletes struggling in the current uncertainty, as well as to others in trouble.

She spent about 10 months in hospital for treatment. She was discharged last year, and resumed training with the aim of returning to competitive swimming.

One of her corporate sponsors released a video in which Ikee says that having lost her hair is nothing to be ashamed of. She says she is proud of herself and the way her hair looks now.

競泳の池江璃花子選手がウイッグを着けずにありのままの姿を公開しました。  池江璃花子選手:「髪の毛がないのは恥ずかしいことじゃないし、自分の今のこの髪の毛、この自分自身に誇りを持っている」  競泳の池江選手は自身のインスタグラムとツイッターを更新し、「きょう、皆さんに初めてこの姿をお見せします。白血病の闘病生活中、私に強さをくれた皆さんに」とコメントし、ウイッグを着けずにありのままの姿を撮影した写真を公開しました。また、新型コロナウイルスついては「どんなトンネルにも必ず出口はあります。皆で乗り越えていきましょう」とメッセージを送りました。
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