Chong Wei gets to keep his Asiad medals


National singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei all smiles after the press conference to announce the verdict of his doping case in KL on Monday. M. AZHAR ARIF/ The STAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei will get to keep the two bronzes he won at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea last year.

On Tuesday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai said the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) verdict on Chong Wei clearly stated that his Asiad results were not affected.

According to the BWF on Monday, only Chong Wei’s runner-up result at the World Championships in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31 was rescinded while the other results obtained between Aug 30-Oct 2 will stand.

The Malaysian was tested positive for a banned substance on Aug 30.

The 32-year-old Chong Wei won the Asiad team bronze on Sept 22. He then lost to Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles semi-finals of the individual competition to settle for the bronze on Sept 28.

“Chong Wei was notified of his positive test only after he had completed playing at the Asian Games and the BWF took that into consideration. They have concluded that his results at the Asian Games will stand. We are thankful for that,” said Chin Chai.

The BWF handed Chiong Wei an eight-month ban, but backdated it to Aug 30. Chong Wei will be eligible to play again on Friday.

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