Thursday, November 06, 2014

Chong Wei’s last option


Only Lee Chong Wei and National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz will be allowed into the lab at University of Oslo in Norway today for the testing of the World No 1’’s ‘B’ urine sample.

The lab will convey the test result to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) tomorrow before the world body informs the BA of Malaysia (BAM) the next day of the outcome.

BWF will not name the shuttler until its anti-doping committee sits and discusses the punishment for the shuttler.

Chong Wei, if he fails his ‘B’ test, stands to be suspended for two years but the three-time All England champion could escape suspension or serve only six months due to technical or administrative issues (procedures conducted inefficiently by local authorities).

It is learnt that the two-time Olympic silver medallist is bitter over the entire episode and will take action, including taking a hospital and NSI to court, if he is suspended.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin disclosed recently that he had comprehensive details about the issue and knows that some procedures were not regulated.

Chong Wei is also expected to appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, to challenge the result if it comes up positive.

Chong Wei, along with his wife, Wong Mew Choo, Ramlan and BAM general manager Kenny Goh flew to Norway on Monday.

The visibly-shaken Kenny, who did not expect the media at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, said the reason he will be in Oslo is to make sure all procedures to test the player’’s urine sample is followed.

“Dr Ramlan will be there to undertake this responsibility, said Kenny.

Despite having handled doping procedures for many years, Dr Ramlan was rather sarcastic when replying to questions from the media.

““I have nothing to say because you already know. We will do the best we can,” said Dr Ramlan.
When a reporter asked Dr Ramlan to confirm the time and place of the testing, he replied: ““It is privileged information for the athlete and us to tackle.

” “I am also unsure what happens next after the testing of the ‘B’ sample,” ” added Ramlan before he dashed past the reporters to the immigration counter at KLIA.

Yesterday, Khairy said if the result were positive, BWF will have to convene its Results Management Committee to make adjustments to the particular championships at which the urine sample was taken.
“”That (announcement) could happen towards the end of this week or early next week, so we will not know by tomorrow but maybe in two or three days,” said Khairy.

The minister also confirmed that the NSI has tested the traditional medicines that the shuttler has taken of late.

“All were tested in a lab and none had traces of dexamethasone,” Khairy added.


By AJITPAL SINGH - 5 November 2014  NST

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