KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei won’t be short of support as he anxiously awaits the result of the B sample in Norway on Wednesday.
On Monday, Chong Wei received a huge boost when a top-notch lawyer from Europe was engaged to accompany him to Oslo.
The country’s iconic shuttler has been implicated in a doping scandal after he was believed to have failed a doping test conducted during the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August.
After an emergency council meeting last Sunday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) finally ended days of speculation when they confirmed that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) had notified them one of their shuttlers had failed a doping test on Oct 2.
A source said: “We want the best help and assistance to be given to the athlete. The BA of Malaysia have engaged a world renowned laywer to defend him and give him the right counsel. This lawyer’s speciality is sports law and he has a wealth of experience on this matter (doping). He has all our support and prayer. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a good outcome.”
Besides the lawyer, Chong Wei will also be accompanied by the National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz and BAM general manager Kenny Goh.
The coaches and players, when met at the national training centre at Bukit Kiara on Monday, are also keeping their fingers crossed.
One of them said: “What we can do now is to wait and hope for the best.”
If Chong Wei’s B sample result is negative, he will be cleared of the doping offence.
If it is positive, the lab will forward that result to the BWF. The world body will then notify the athlete via the BAM. The process could take place on the same day or it could take a few days.
BWF will then conduct a hearing before meting out the punishment. It could be a maximum two years or it could be a reduced sentence depending on various factors, which include the athlete’s intention, track record and conduct during his career.
by Rajes Paul - The Star