PETALING JAYA: Datuk Lee Chong Wei's legions of fans are praying that all will turn out right for the current world No.1 badminton player.
Malaysia's top shuttler left for Norway on Monday to await the result of tests on his B sample, after he was implicated in a doping scandal.
Aida Azls took to Facebook and urged everyone to consider the ordeal Chong Wei was going through.
"Pity Chong Wei, when he was a champion, he was hailed but as he goes through this ordeal, he is being vilified," commented Aida.
"No matter what, he made us all proud. I will always remember him as a hero. Nothing could ever change that," said Rozilah Pasic.
Susapok Sasuke commented that if he were the Youth and Sports Minister, he would provide any resources for Lee.
"For what he has done for the country, he deserves it. They need to provide a lawyer who is able to give him good legal advice and also assess and fill up the necessary documentation," Susapok said.
Kimmy Rai said it would not be fair to Chong Wei, who has been playing since 2002, if he was banned for taking anti-inflammatory medication.
"To those who are saying negative things, they should stop. Let the results come out first. Lee has worked hard and he deserves our support," commented Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran.
Adeline Yeow Tau Chuen commented that she would still support Lee through good and bad times, and hoped that the B sample test result will turn out negative.
The shuttler's urine sample was found to have traces of the banned substance dexamethasone, which is not a performance-enhancing drug, but a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects, usually used to aid an athlete's rehabilitation.
Chong Wei was accompanied by National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz, a top-notch lawyer from Europe and BAM general manager Kenny Goh on the flight to Norway.
If Chong Wei's B sample result is negative, he will be cleared of the doping offence.
If it is positive, the lab will forward the result to the BWF, who will then notify the athlete via BAM. The process could take place on the same day.