Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Malaysian player, Lee Chong Wei, has been provisionally suspended by the Badminton World Federation 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.
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 its determination.
Gayle Alleyne

Monday, November 10, 2014


Part 2 of Worldwide Exclusive

Having shared his thoughts last Saturday, world number 1 Lee Chong Wei now shares on how he is coping with the entire episode with Satwant Singh Dhaliwal.

In this second exclusive interview, Chong Wei reveals his appreciation to fans and media and also to those helping him in these trying times.

Kindly note that I neither work nor am employed by Chong Wei but am a close friend since 2000. We share conversations and I have his permission to write these articles.

Lee Chong Wei is handling all the pressure the best way he can. By hitting the courts and working it off.

Resigned to the fact that he needs to allow the experts compile his case against the doping allegation, the World Number 1 has not allowed the episode to affect him physically.

"I am back on the court training and also do my physical conditioning daily as life has to go on as I await the decision made by BWF," said Chong Wei.

"It has been more then a month since this episode began and I have decided to concentrate on training and maintain my fitness level.

"I am truly grateful to all the messages of support and also thank the media for respecting my wish for privacy.

"Hence I am training at a private facility and my friends help spar with me in order to keep me company.

"I guess with my provisional suspension it's the best arrangement that I stay away from the national training centre."

Chong Wei reiterated his confidence in Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to help overcome this episode.

"At times I ask myself how this could happen to me given the fact that I am very careful with what I consume," added Chong Wei.

"My focus now is on saving my playing career and towards that I leave my fate in the hands of the experts to help prepare my case.

"It is an emotional roller coaster but as I said the best therapy for me is hitting the shuttle on the court."

Chong Wei added that he was hoping for a positive outcome.

"As I said before I have done nothing wrong and I maintain my innocence," he added.

"Thus its best that I do what I do best - get back on to the court and train and hope things work out for the best."

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Saturday, November 08, 2014


In what is a world wide exclusive, the number one shuttler in the world Lee Chong Wei breaks his silence as he shares his thoughts with Malaysian Sports Blogger Satwant Singh Dhaliwal on the alleged doping scandal that has plagued him.

This article is based on a series on conversations held before and after the B Sample was tested and the results are yet to be made public.

Read on....

"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," said Chong Wei, his voice choking with emotion.

"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.

"I have never cheated not even made any attempt to cheat thus this was like a bolt of lightening, destroying everything I had worked so hard for.

"I am a firm believer of hard work and effort to achieve success so such an allegation left me speechless and dumbfounded."

Chong Wei said that it was his wife Wong Mew Choo that suggested that they take a break overseas to clear his mind and also leave it to the authorities to get into the bottom of the matter.

"The Sports Minister took charge personally and for that I am grateful as he guided me and gave me good advice on how to handle matters," added Chong Wei.

"I was informed that the drug was last injected into me on July 18 and how the traces were still there in August is something I cannot explain.

"Suffice to say I never took any drugs beyond those prescribed to me and deny any suggestions that I resort to traditional herbs that contain banned substance.

"I went through an out of competition test on August 15and it was all clear. So it is indeed a mystery why this substance was found in my system in August 30."

The national icon said that many a time he had wanted to come out and make a public statement but opted to wait till the B sample was tested.

"I hope the public understands my position and situation. I must reiterate that everything is being done to clear the air and to get to the root of the problem," added Chong Wei.

"I went to Oslo to observe the B sample bottle being opened and go through the documentation to satisfy myself.

"I know the possibility of it being different is remote but it is a procedure that needs to be done.

"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 then a month after I last received the injection for treatment of my thigh injury."

Though it looks bleak, Chong Wei is hoping that BWF will evaluate all evidence presented should the B sample be positive as well.

There has been speculation that Chong Wei could either receive a severe reprimand or be suspended for a period of six months.

A six month suspension will mean that shuttler will lose some 43,000 out of his 97,000 odd current ranking points and he will slip to a world ranking of 15-18 by March 2015.

"We will cross the bridge when we come to it I guess," added Chong Wei.

"At the moment I am confined to my house and have not even thought of returning to the courts yet.

"There are so many unanswered questions and I hope to clear my name soon.

"I never cheated nor will I ever rely on banned substances."

And the entire world badminton fraternity can only pray that things end up well for Chong Wei.

Failing which the Road to Rio will merely remain an illusion for Malaysia to win its first ever gold medal at the Olympics.

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