Lee Chong Wei to sue ex-shuttler over dope claims

Lee Chong Wei to sue ex-shuttler over dope claims

PETALING JAYA - The world's top badminton player, Lee Chong Wei, has confirmed that he will be suing former Malaysian national shuttler Razif Sidek, and a Malay daily over allegations that he was involved in doping.

"The allegations are not true. Just because I have a doping case now, you can't simply say anything. Does he have any proof to justify his claims?" Lee told The Star Online yesterday.

The 32-year-old served a letter of demand, through his legal team Song and Partners, to Razif and Kosmo! last week.

Razif, who hails from the legendary Sidek badminton family, had claimed in a Kosmo! report that Lee had been using banned substances for a long time and that Badminton Association of Malaysia officials were aware of the problem.

Last month, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended Lee from all tournaments after both his A and B urine samples tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone.

Lee, who failed the dope test at the World Championships in Copenhagen on Aug 30, is suspended until a hearing is carried out by BWF.

He faces a two-year ban if found guilty.

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