Malaysia’s professional badminton player Dato’ Lee Chong Wei announced that he will be retiring from badminton if he receives a two-year suspension from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
According to an interview with BBC yesterday, the 32-year-old shuttler said, “If in the end I am suspended for two years, then I will not pursue my badminton career. But if my appeal is successful, I will return to competition, so I hope my fans will keep waiting for me,” Free Malaysia Today reports.
Lee who was tested positive for dexamethasone back in October, claimed he did not know that the drug was not allowed in the competition as it was not a performance-enhancing drug.
He also added that the doctors who gave him the injections did not explain the details of the drugs.
“I only found about this substance after I tested positive for it. So now I have to face the consequences,” said Lee.
Lee hoped that BWF will show some leniency with him as this is the first time that he had failed a drugs test over his 15-year-career and after 124 tests to date.
According to The Star, Lee has now fallen to third place in the men’s world badminton rankings.
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