Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s badminton association said on Sunday it was shocked that one of its country’s players has failed a doping test but hoped that the athlete would be cleared after a second round of tests in early November.
Local media reports have identified the player as men’s world No.1 Lee Chong Wei.
The association is refusing to reveal the identity of the player until the result is confirmed by the second round of tests, which is standard procedure in international sports.
“We are very shocked and sad. It is earth shattering news to us,” Mohamad Norza Zakaria, deputy chairman of the badminton association of Malaysia, told reporters.
Mohamad said the player tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone during a random test at the world championships in August.
He said that the player would receive support from the association, which was “keeping our fingers crossed that it comes to a positive conclusion at the end of the day.”
Mohamad said world badminton authorities would carry out tests on a second blood or urine sample on November 4 or November 5 to confirm the initial test result.
Lee, a national hero in Malaysia, has four Commonwealth Game gold medals to his name but has never won an Olympic gold or the world championships.