World No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei will have to wait for doping test hearing as it will take place after Dec 8
Lee Chong Wei is temporarily suspended by the BWF from competing in any international tournaments after his urine sample showed traces of banned substance dexamethasone at the World Championships in August.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said that the World Badminton Federation (WBF) had set the hearing for Dec 8.
Norza, present Chairman of the BAM anti-doping working committee, said they needed more time to complete their investigations as “we have a few more things to look into. BWF are ready to conduct the hearing on Dec 8 but we are not ready. We need more time to gather a few more facts. We are now waiting for them to set a new date,” said Norza.
“We want a hearing to take place as soon as possible too, but we are talking about the future of our most prized player … one who has contributed much to the nation,” added by Norza.
“It is best that we have every area of the investigation covered before going to the hearing,” added Norza who was recently appointed as the chef-de-mission for next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.
World No. 1 posted on Facebook and Twitter: “I just want to thank every one of you who had faith in me through this difficult time.There are so many unanswered questions and I hope to clear my name soon. I never cheated nor will I ever rely on banned substances.”