MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei, who recently tested positive for a doping agent, will be checked for the second time early November, France24 reported on Saturday.
"We are going through the athlete's recent medical history to see how the substance could be present," said Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin earlier this week. "I have been in touch with the athlete. The athlete is anxious but that is expected," he added.
The news about Lee failing a doping test caused surprise and confusion among Malaysian citizens as Lee is considered one of the most outstanding Malaysian sportsmen, expected to win the Olympic gold in Brazil in 2016. Lee has won more than 50 international contests and took the silver in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the Malaysian Insider reports.
According to the newspaper, Lee has always been considered a diligent athlete, devoted to sports and determined to scale the heights. He received national hero status due to his outstanding success and strong competitive spirit.
The athlete failed a random doping test after the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen late August. He applied for a repeated sample test, which will be conducted early next month.
Lee fans held a lively discussion on Twitter, many of who supported the athlete and expressed sympathy for his situation.