Badminton world number one Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei faces a ban of atleast two years as his testing results reported positive for the second time for using a banned substance. He has been asked to undergo a second doping test on his urine sample after the reports for the initial tests came back positive for a banned substance.
Wei was accompanied by some top Malaysian sports officials as they flew to Norway this week. They were present when the sample was opened at an Oslo laboratory on Wednesday. The results are expected to be known soon and they will be handed over to the Badminton World Federation.
In case, if the second sample is tested positive, Lee Chong Wei could be stripped of the silver medal he won at the 2014 Badminton World Championships, where the sample was taken, and might face a suspension for up to two years. Currently, he is 32 years old.
Malaysian Badminton officials could not be reached for comment.
Last month, few Malaysian sports officials confirmed that they were informed that one of their nation’s shuttlers failed a doping test at the World Championships, but refused to identify him.
However, the Malaysian media have widely reported that Lee Chong Wei tested positive for an anti-inflammatory drug during the World Championships in Denmark in late August.
Lee was struggling with a thigh injury for which he received some stem cell injections in July and he lost the championship final to China’s Chen Long.
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