Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s hearing at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has been delayed as Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin believed that his case is still considered as “half-baked”.
“We should not be hasty as we have to study several details. We only have one chance. We should not attend Chong Wei’s hearing with a half-baked case. For me, this is a very important case,” said the Youth and Sports minister as quoted by The Malaysian Insider.
The 32-year-old Malaysian shuttler who was tested positive for doping last October, is unhappy that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) delayed his case.
Khairy defended BAM by saying that the delayed is to ensure that the presentation for Lee’s case is strong and concrete because a failure to defend Malaysia’s top badminton player could result in Lee’s suspension for two years.
This in turn would lead to the Lee quitting badminton for good as he confessed two weeks ago that “If in the end I am suspended for two years, then I will not pursue my badminton career.”
Khairy also said that if Lee truly quits badminton for good, this will definitely indirectly affect Malaysia’s reputation in badminton.
“I have no intention of wanting this to be delayed longer than necessary but we need to make sure the case we present is the strongest for the defence in Chong Wei’s case. There is no point attending the disciplinary hearing with a weak defence,” Khairy added.
According to BAM, Lee’s latest hearing for his doping case would be latest by next month.
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