No word yet on Chong Wei’s B sample result

No word yet on Chong Wei’s B sample result

PUTRAJAYA - The waiting game for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei continues.

On Friday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Badminton World Federation (BWF) have yet to convey Chong Wei's sample B result to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

"The result is in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) and only the BWF have the access to the system," said Khairy.

Chong Wei was tested positive for the banned drug dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug 30. 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.

If the B sample is positive, two-time Olympic silver medallist Chong Wei faces a two-year ban.

When asked why Chong Wei was given special treatment with a top lawyer from England engaged to defend him, Khairy said it was a standard operating procedure.

"We have hired lawyers before to defend the other national athletes who were caught for doping. It's up to the sports association to decide whether they want to hire a lawyer or not to defend their athletes.

"There is no special treatment for Chong Wei just because he is a gold medal prospect for the Olympic Games.

"The BAM hired the lawyer. They're the ones who are going to pay for it. We are just assisting them. He deserves a good lawyer. Everybody has the right to defend himself. A good lawyer will be able to present the case well," added Khairy after officiating the Professional Sepaktakraw League (STL) in Putrajaya on Friday.

The league will kick off at the Kuala Terengganu Indoor Stadium from Nov 13-16.

It will then be staged in Alor Setar, Kedah, from Nov 22-23 and Nov 29-30. Johor's Pasir Gudang will play host from Dec l3-14 and Dec 20-21 followed by Bukit Serindit, Malacca, from Dec 27-28 and Jan 3-4, 2015. The grand finals will be held at Taman Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, from Jan 10-11 and Jan 17-18.

"The league is introduced to improve the standard of our players. We want to make sure that Malaysia win the gold medal when we host the 2017 SEA Games.

"I do not only want to see Datuk Ahmad Ismail win the Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) president's post, but also see the national team win gold in the SEA Games, Asian Games and World Champion­ships," said Khairy.

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