KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 – The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has provisionally suspended Malaysia’s Datuk Lee Chong Wei due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation. The world-governing body has imposed this suspension due to an Adverse Analytical Finding of a sample taken at the BWF World Championships in August.
“The BWF has referred the matter to the BWF Doping Hearing Panel and, in due course, the Chair of the Panel will set the time, date and location of a hearing. The Panel will determine whether or not the athlete has committed an anti-doping regulation violation,” said BWF in a statement Tuesday. In accordance with Clause 14.4.1 of the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations, and following the imposition of the provisional suspension, the BWF and the member association – the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) – are now able to publicly identify the player involved in this matter.
The Provisional Suspension (Clause 7.6.2) means the athlete is barred temporarily from participation in any competition prior to the BWF Doping Hearing Panel’s decision. There will be no further comment from the BWF regarding this matter until the BWF Doping Hearing Panel makes a decision, said the statement.
On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed that one of their players had tested positive for the banned anti-inflammatory agent dexamethasone, but withheld the individual’s identity pending an appeal. The 32-year-old Chong Wei, however, posted messages on his Twitter and Facebook accounts thanking fans for their support and denying the use of drugs to gain an advantage.