KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8, 2014:
Malaysia’s much-loved badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei has said the entire doping experience had been a painful one to go through.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today confirmed that the national shuttler’s “B sample” had tested positive for traces of the banned substance dexamethasone,
In an interview with former Malay Mail sports journalist Satwant Singh Dhaliwal, Lee maintained that he never cheated or made any attempt to cheat.
The chain of events as well as the allegation haunting him has left the national shuttler “dumbfounded”.
He described his innermost feelings in an exclusive interview, published on Satwant’s blog, www.ssdhaliwal.blogspot.com.
“My knees wobbled and I could neither stand nor sit down as I read the letter notifying me that I had failed a doping test.
“I saw my entire life flash by me, the whole last 15 years just going up in smoke.
“I was devastated and just did not know what to do,” he told Satwant.
Lee said the authorities were working to find out how the substance was still in his system, more than a month after he last received an injection for treatment of a thigh injury.
He said he was informed of the drug being injected into him on July 18, with traces still found in his system on Aug 30.
An out-of-competition test on Aug 15 had showed no traces in his system.
This has left the national shuttler in a state of confusion as to how he had failed the doping test.
Lee also denied taking any traditional herbs that contained banned substances, or any drugs apart from those prescribed.
In the blog post, Lee said he personally observed the sampling process at the Olso University Hospital in Norway.
“All my medications, treatment records and supplements are being treated by the authorities who hope to find out how the substance was still in my system more than a month after I last received the injection for treatment of my thigh injury,” he was quoted as saying.
For now, Lee said he would just wait for whatever decision to be made by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
“We will cross the bridge when we come to it, I guess.
“At the moment, I am confined to my house and have not even thought of returning to the courts yet.”
Read the full interview at http://www.ssdhaliwal.blogspot.com/.