PUTRAJAYA: The wait for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to face the Badminton World Federation (BWF) over a doping violation is unlikely to end any time soon.
With Christmas just around the corner, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the new hearing date would likely be known after the New Year.
“We are already into the third week of December. By next week, most sports officials in the West would go on leave.
“It (the hearing) is unlikely to be held this year and now I am looking at early next year,” Khairy said on Monday.
Chong Wei’s hearing was initially scheduled for Dec 8 but was postponed following the Badmintion Aassociation of Malaysia’s (BAM) request for Chong Wei’s lawyer Mike Morgan to be given more time to prepare his case.
Chong Wei, who was tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone at the World Championships in Copenhagen on Aug 30, faces a maximum two-year ban.
Khairy said he was told that Morgan and the BAM had prepared the best case to defend Chong Wei.
“We are just waiting to present it before the hearing panel,” he said.