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Hopes Rest On ‘3rd Sample’ Taken From Chong Wei

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KUALA LUMPUR – THE result of another sample taken from national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei could mitigate the punishment if his “B” sample tested positive for the banned substance, Dexamethasone.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said officials were looking to use the result of the out-of-competition test the athlete took a few weeks before leaving for the World Championships in Copenhagen.

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) tested the athlete with a random out-of-competition doping test on Aug 15,” he said after officiating the annual convention of the Wives of Barisan Nasional’s Elected Representatives at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil here yesterday.

“Even though it did not specifically test for Dexamethasone, we are doing what we can to see if it can show traces of the substance in a lab in Barcelona.

“If the test is positive for the substance, it could support the theory that for some reason, there was a slow metabolisation of the substance from July 17 when he was administered with it.”

He said the athlete was administered with the substance only once, according to his recent medical history, for his muscle injury.

Dexamethasone, according to Khairy, should metabolise within 10 days to two weeks after being
administered and was banned in competition, but not out of competition.

“If the result (of the out-of-competition test) shows that it was still in the athlete’s system after more than a month, it should give us some clues.

“Doctors say there is a possibility of slow metabolisation of the
substance, especially if it gets in the tissue.”

When asked when the result of the athlete’s “B” sample would be announced, Khairy said there were specific procedures involved.

“When the lab in Oslo receives the result, it will be conveyed to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) via Wada’s information management system, where the results could only be accessed with a password.

“Following that, BWF will verify the result, convey it to its management committee and then make an official announcement.”

The ministry had been thoroughly involved in the investigation since the beginning, even going to the extent of running tests on the athlete’s supplements, drinks and even his hair gel, with the hopes of uncovering what may have caused the banned substance to show up in the shuttler’s system.

If he fails his “‘B” test, Lee could be suspended for two years but could escape suspension or serve only six months because of technical or administrative issues (procedures conducted inefficiently by local authorities). – NST

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