Former national badminton player, Razif Sidek told a Malaysian daily, that the positive doping results was ‘expected’ as the World’s No.1 player “has been using the unknown substance for years”.
According to Razif, quite a few of the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) officials and players knew about Chong Wei’s apparent drug use. He also adds that, however,not one of members of the organization dared to speak up following fear of possibly tarnishing the ace’s credibility.
“Previously, I received a lot of flak for voicing out my concerns as they were no proof. Now that the cat is out of the bag, I would not want to add insult to injury even further but it has been going on for far too long.”
In another report published by Sin Chew Daily, Razif revealed he had first heard rumours of several badminton players getting injections involving Chinese herbal medicine, several years ago.
Razif also called on the authorities to resolve this problem, to salvage the reputation of our national athletes.
He fears that if the use of banned drugs is proven, it could prompt people to automatically assume Malaysian athletes resort to using banned drugs to win medals.
He told Sin Chew Daily if the use of banned drugs is proven, the country’s international image will suffer a further blow, and people would start talking bad things about our athletes.
“If in the future they win a game, people will say they have used banned drugs. And of course they will get the ridicule as well if they lose the game: they lose because they do not use the drugs.”
He hoped the authorities would seriously resolve this problem to salvage the reputation of our national athletes.
On Nov. 5, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy chairman Mohamad Norza Zakaria confirmed Saturday that a test carried out in Oslo, Norway, on the “B” sample of an unnamed player had backed up the positive finding of the “A” sample from a doping control at this year’s World Championships in August.
Chong Wei, who has been temporarily suspended pending a hearing by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) doping panel, faces a potential two-year ban from competition.MYNEWSHUB