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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11:All parties concerned should shoulder some responsibility for the predicament national No 1 badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei, is currently in. Former executive director of Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM), Col (r) A.J Wong felt the National Sports Council (NSC), National Sports Institute (NSI) and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) were also partly to be blamed. “You cannot now come and say we have played our part by referring him to a specialist to treat his injuries and leave it at that. Someone should have monitored his progress at all times,” said Wong. “He (Chong Wei) is not just any player. He is the world’s top player and the onus is on all parties to jointly play their roles in his recovery process. You cannot leave him to his own devices. “When I was in charge of SRAM, I made it my duty to get involved in whatever treatment my charges were getting. In fact I knew exactly what medication were given to them and the side effects, if any, that particular medication might cause,” added Wong, who was part of a dedicated team which drew up a blue print for squash back in the nineties. The fruits of that labour can be seen now as players such as Datuk Nicol David, Ong Beng Hee (to name just a few) benefit from that programme. “Athletes, due to their high levels of training, sustain injuries all the time and we as officials must ensure they receives the best treatment. “It is our duty to look after them. After all, that is one of the reasons we are hired and not just to enjoy the perks that come with it.” Wong also felt Chong Wei was not the kind to dabble in performance enhancing drugs. “I believe he received similar treatment prior to the London Olympics (2012). I was there (in London) and had the opportunity to spend time with him and to the best of my knowledge; I do not think he is into doping.” Wong, who currently manages a badminton club side, indicated that this issue might blow over. “It may not be all it is made out to be … a rather gloomy scenario. Chong Wei might just walk away with just a slap on the wrist. Of course the World Badminton Federation (WBF) has to mete out some sort of punishment, but I do not think they will impose a two year ban for failing the doping test.

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