Ivan Gazidis has throat cancer but he should be able to recover from it.
Gazidis has been the Milan CEO since the Elliott takeover and has played a key part in the rebirth of the Rossoneri, who find themselves back in the Champions League for the first time in years.
Yesterday, Milan broke some unfortunate news in regards to the South African:
“Milan informs its fans and stakeholders that our CEO, Ivan Gazidis, has been diagnosed with a cancer of the throat. Based on an extensive series of tests and scans, doctors expect he will make a full recovery.
“Ivan will remain operational during the necessary treatment in specialized clinics, with the full support of the ownership, President Scaroni and the Club’s Senior Management.
“In a message to the entire Milan community, Ivan said:
“‘Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer. But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis. I have world class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the Club, and I am confident based on all advice that the cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery. My diagnosis demonstrates the importance of regular medical checkups, even if you don’t have symptoms. I would encourage everyone to prioritize their health and to make sure, even in the day to day obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups.’
“‘We have a strong team, both on and off the pitch’ – Ivan pointed out – ‘and I have full faith in their ability to drive our Club forward over the coming weeks. See you soon and always Forza Milan.’
“Everyone involved with the Club wishes Ivan all the best for a full and speedy recovery. We are all with you.”