PETALING JAYA – Indonesian badminton star Simon Santoso wants shuttlers throughout the world to regard former world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s doping issue as a valuable lesson.
Santoso said the predicament faced by Chong Wei should serve as a lesson for all players to be aware of the risks involved in the consumption of medication or the procedures involved.
“What happened to Chong Wei will serve as a lesson for us to be careful in everything that we do. I also hope Chong Wei will return to the courts as he is one of the best players in the world,” he told reporters at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klang Badminton Club and NPG Agency Sdn Bhd, here today.
Chong Wei was indefinitely suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after testing positive for ‘dexamenthasone’ a banned substance, during a random dope test at the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, last August.
Santoso who will be playing for Klang United Badminton Club in the Kopiko Purple League together with some national elite players like Chong Wei Feng, Tan Boon Heong and Goh V Shem said his main target was to ensure his club finished at the top of the league.
Apart from Santoso, players like Nguyen Thien Minh from Vietnam, Vita Marissa, Markis Kido from Indonesia and Robert Blair from England will also feature for clubs like Petaling Jaya Badminton Club, Nusajaya Badminton Club and Muar Badminton Club. – BERNAMA