KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 – LEE Chong Wei will have his wife Wong Mew Choo by his side when the World No 1’s ‘B’ sample is tested for the banned substance, dexamethasone in Oslo, Norway at 5pm (Malaysian time) tomorrow. The three-time All England champion with Mew Choo, a former national player, and National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz left for London from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang yesterday. The three will board a connecting flight in London to Oslo.
“Mew Choo will be in Oslo to offer Chong Wei moral support. The shuttler wants closure on this matter. He hopes to get back and play in tournaments,” said a source yesterday. It is learnt that the result of his ‘B’ sample will only be released to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) two hours after the test. If the result is positive, Chong Wei could be banned from all international tournaments for two years under the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
But Chong Wei could get a lighter sentence in mitigation as dexamethasone is not a performance enhancing drug. The banned substance is a type of pain killer mostly used for rehabilitation purposes. The shuttler is still baffled how traces of the banned substance were in his urine sample, taken after his semi-final match against Victor Axelsen of Denmark at the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.
However, it could be a result of the stem cells treatment during rehabilitation in July using the controlled release method to help Chong Wei recover from a thigh injury. His final stem cell treatment at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur was on July 17. The BWF is expected to release a statement on Chong Wei on either Thursday or Friday.