Friday, November 07, 2014

Top sports lawyer for Lee Chong Wei

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry has engaged a prominent sports lawyer to assist in the case of one of the country’s top athletes who has reportedly tested positive for doping.

Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he had been in touch with Mike Morgan, with the result of the B sample test expected to be known today.

“(However) if the B sample is found positive, Mike will prepare the mitigation to ensure a minimal sentence against the athlete in question,” he told reporters after opening a programme involving wives of Barisan Nasional elected representatives, here today.

For the record, Morgan was named as one of the top 20 most influential sports lawyers and has drafted disciplinary rules to advice on anti-doping investigation.

“The test (B sample) was done yesterday and we are still waiting for the result from the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) because they have to verify the result.

“Once the Badminton World Federation (BWF) receives the result, the BWF would convene a meeting to decide the next course of action. That is the procedure,” said Khairy.

Malaysia’s badminton icon and world number one Lee Chong Wei was reported to have failed a random dope test during the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in August.
Chong Wei was implicated in a doping scandal after traces of dexamethasone were reportedly found in his urine sample during the random test conducted at the World Championships.

In Copenhagen, Chong Wei lost to China’s Chen Long in the final.


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