World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei must not feel it is the end of the world if his B sample is tested positive.
On Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin vowed to stand behind the shuttler and promised to provide him with the best defence during mitigation.
The 32-year-old Chong Wei will arrive home on Friday after witnessing the seal of his B sample being opened at the Oslo University Hospital laboratory in Norway on Wednesday.
The lab will probably inform the Badminton World Federation (BWF) of the result on Friday.
He was tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August. Dexamethasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects that is usually used to aid an athlete’s rehabilitation.
Khairy said that he was happy with the work performed by London-based lawyer Mike Morgan, who is engaged by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and funded by the Sports Ministry.
“Personally, I am hoping for a negative result but we have to plan for the worst. If it is positive, our Plan B is to be 100% prepared for the BWF’s disciplinary hearing,” said Khairy.
“I got in touch with Mike two weeks ago and recommended him to Datuk Norza Zakaria (the chairman of the BAM doping working committee). Mike met up with the athlete in London and flew together with him to Oslo (to witness the B sample test).
“Mike is quite experienced and has successfully defended a few high-profile doping cases. He is engaged not to dispute the B sample result, but to mitigate the athletes’s case in the hearing for a minimal sanction.”
When asked whether he was optimistic that the athlete’s name would be cleared, Khairy said: “There is too many ifs. I do not want to make any conclusion now.
“But I want to inform the Malaysian sports fans as well as badminton fans around the world that we will present the best case to BWF.”
“We have asked the athlete to be patient even if the test comes out positive. He needs to know that it is not the end of the world. We have gathered as much facts as possible to protect him.”
by Rajes Paul - The Star