KUALA LUMPUR: Former world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is expected to know his fate regarding his doping case within three weeks.
Badminton Association of Malaysia council member Jadadish Chandra who accompanied the national ace told Bernama that the hearing before a three-man panel namely two from Europe and one from India in a room of Saturn Hotel Sheraton Amsterdam Airport.
It was believed that the hearing process was held about eight hours which started from 9.25 am, Saturday (3.25pm local time).
“Hearing ended today and the decision will be announced in three weeks. The hearing was made infront of a three member panel. Normally, the result can be known in three days but I don’t know why is takes three weeks for this case.
“So far we didn’t have any specific time when the result will be announced,” he said.
Jadadish said that April 11 would not likely see the end of the proceedings as either party (the BAM or Badminton World Federation) could appeal against the decision of the panel to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Zurich.
Beside Jadadish, also accompanied Chong Wei is BAM general manager Kenny Goh and prominent sports lawyer, Mike Morgan who was hired by BAM to handle the case.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also confirmed that the verdict will be known in three weeks time.
“Got an update from @LeeChongWei in Amsterdam. BWF disciplinary hearing finished. Verdict within 3 weeks. Now for the wait,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Chong Wei also updates his Facebook, posting “Hearing just ended, result will be out in another three weeks time.”
Chong Wei, 32, was suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after testing positive for dexamethasone at the World Championships in Copenhagen, in Aug 2014.