AMSTERDAM: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei came out of the eight-hour Badminton World Federation (BWF) hearing drained and tired.
But the 32-year-old Chong Wei, dressed in a smart blue suit, was in high spirits despite no decision being taken over his doping offence.
On Saturday, the three-member panel of the BWF decided that they will make a decision at a later date – probably in three weeks’ time.
Prior to the hearing, Chong Wei had hoped that the panel would set come to a decision immediately and free him from the two-year ban hanging over his head for failing a dope test during the World Championships at Copenhagen last August.
He tested positive for the banned anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone.
For now, Chong Wei is just happy that the hearing is over.
“It took a long time but at least the hearing is over,” said Chong Wei, who turned up early for the hearing – at 3.24pm Malaysian time.
It ended at about 11.20pm Malaysian time.
“I have nothing much to share because a decision was not made. The panel will decide. They said that it may take a maximum of three weeks. It could be earlier ... ,” said Chong Wei.
“I’m satisfied with what was presented by my lawyers, led by Mike Morgan. It was a thorough presentation and all we have to do now is wait.”
Chong Wei said he had the extra energy to go through the long ordeal during the hearing, knowing well that “the whole of Malaysia is behind me”.
“I know that everyone is waiting for a good result. I received many messages of support. Even the Youth and Sports Minister (Khairy Jamaluddin) was in constant touch. I just want to say thank you to all my fans.”
So what is he going to do as he awaits the outcome? Knowing Chong Wei, he will do what comes second nature to him – sweat it out on the badminton court.
“There’s nothing much I can do but wait. I’ll just go back and resume training,” said Chong Wei, who is positive that he will get back on court and don the national colours once again.