BAM pushing for Chong Wei's verdict sooner

KUALA LUMPUR: The much-awaited verdict on the fate of Lee Chong Wei will be known either on Friday or Monday.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) revealed they are anticipating a decision on the shuttler’s doping case within this time frame.

The BAM’s general manager Kenny Goh has even cancelled his flight to Wuhan, China for the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) Annual General Meeting on Saturday.

BAM’s deputy president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said all the officials are currently on stand by for any eventualities.

“I have asked Kenny to cancel his trip. He has been with Chong Wei from the start of his doping case and we want him to be here when the verdict is revealed,” said Norza.

“The closing date to submit players for the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China is on Monday at midnight. We are hoping to send Chong Wei for the meet and we have requested the Badminton World Federation to inform us about his fate before that.

“We are not putting any pressure on the three-member panel to make a decision but we just want this to end soon. They wanted three weeks and we are just asking them to announce it earlier.”

In a previous doping case involving doubles shuttler Lee Yong-dae of South Korea, a decision was announced within 10 days.

“All of us including Chong Wei are on tenterhooks and we are hoping for the best outcome. We want him cleared so that he can play in three majors – the Sudirman Cup, SEA Games and the World Championships,” he added.

Chong Wei and his defence team led by UK-based lawyer Mike Morgan met the three-member hearing panel in Amsterdam on April 11.

The former world No. 1, who has dropped to 30th in the ranking, is facing a two-year ban if found guilty.

The 32-year-old Chong Wei failed a dope test during the World Championships at Copenhagen last August. He was tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone.

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