PETALING JAYA - A large number of Malaysians have expressed their support online for Datuk Lee Chong Wei who faces a three-man panel of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Saturday over a doping violation.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took to Twitter to announce that he had spoken to Lee and found that the latter was in good spirits.
"Just spoke to @LeeChongWei who was taking a break from the disciplinary hearing. He was in good spirits. Keep praying for a good outcome," tweeted Khairy.
Khairy's followers joined him in wishing the former world champion the best for the hearing.
"All the best to @LeeChongWei," tweeted a user with the handle @UncleAhBoon, adding that the world of badminton would not be same without Lee's presence.
Another Twitter user, @adibahWee, said that "(We) support Lee Chong Wei! Hope everything goes well for #leechongwei."
Well wishes from fans were also seen on Lee's official Facebook page.
"Everything's gonna be alright! Malaysia and your fans around the world are with you. Stay strong Champion," wrote Adrian Paul.
"Good luck with the hearing. I expect to see your great skills in the court," wrote user Kao Niew.
The verdict of Lee's hearing, which is being held in Amsterdam, will be known later on Saturday.
The banned anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone was found in Lee's urine sample at a dope test held during the World Championships at Copenhagen in August last year.
Lee faces a maximum two-year ban from the sport if found guilty by the panel.