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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11, 2014:

“I am not jealous of him, I’m not against anybody. He is a good player and a nice guy,” former national shuttler Razif Sidek said of Datuk Lee Chong Wei when asked to elaborate on an allegation made that the world No.1 player had been using the banned substance for a long time.

Razif, who formerly represented the nation in badminton’s doubles and was part of the winning team that bagged Malaysia the Thomas Cup in 1992 spoke to The Rakyat Post today with regard to the doping scandal currently plaguing Chong Wei.

“This is a shocking thing indeed. Chong Wei is a national icon and many find it hard to believe what has happened,” Razif said, adding that the only way for speculation on this matter to stop was for Chong Wei to come out and address the public.

“Anyone can comment on Facebook. He has to issue a press statement or have a press conference to explain this matter,” Razif added, referring to the Facebook posting Chong Wei made earlier to assure his fans that he had never cheated and would never resort to cheating to attain success.

Razif pointed out that regardless of what was being said about the drug that Chong Wei tested positive for, the fact remained that dexamethasone was still a banned substance.

In earlier descriptions on the drug itself, it was said that dexamethasone was a type of steroid medication which was usually used to aid an athlete’s rehabilitation.

The common understanding was that it was not a performance-enhancing drug.

However, Razif insisted that the question which needed to be asked was why the drug was banned.

“Why did he continue to use dexamethasone? Why didn’t he use acoxia to aid his rehabilitation? Acoxia is not banned,” Razif said to The Rakyat Post.

“I don’t gain anything from asking these questions or pointing this out. During my time, these things did not happen.

“I am not accusing Chong Wei of shooting up drugs or anything like that. It’s just that dexamethasone is a banned substance.”

Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said dexamethasone was allowed for non-competing athletes who were seeking treatment for their injuries.

He explained that traces of it would remain in the body for 10 days, but in Chong Wei’s case, traces of dexamethasone was found longer in his body from the date he said the drug was administered into his system by a doctor.

Razif also commented on the fact that the drug was found lingering in Chong Wei’s system for more than 10 days, stating that the only way for speculation to stop was for the national shuttler to come out and explain to the public.

“Everybody loves him, but he has to come out and have a press conference or release a press statement so the speculation can stop.”

When asked to comment on his brother, national badminton single’s coach Rashid Sidek throwing his support behind Chong Wei, Razif said it was understandable that everyone would want to help out the national shuttler.

“In cases like this, the athletes themselves must be responsible. Anyone can testify for them. Rashid can support him, but the truth is that Chong Wei is closer to Tey Sieu Bock (men’s single’s coach). Why is Tey keeping quiet over this?” Razif asked.

“We must remember that he tested positive. All that’s left now is to address Malaysians.”

In ending the short interview with The Rakyat Post, Razif reiterated that he did not hold any grudges towards the world No.1 player.

Razif noted he had nothing to gain by speaking out, insisting that what he said were merely issues that needed to be addressed, particularly on why dexamethasone was listed as a banned substance.

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