Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has hired Mike Morgan – a sports lawyer from UK who has represented other sports bodies, clubs and high profile athletes in proceedings before the High Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American Arbitration Association, the National Anti-Doping Panel (UK) and the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.
Mike Morgan met up with Chong Wei in London before travelled together to Norway to witness the B sample test.
“If the B sample is found positive, Mike suggested not disputing the result, instead, we should prepare the mitigation to ensure a minimal sentence against the athlete,” said Khairy.
Lee Chong Wei was cited as the top national shuttler who had failed a random doping test conducted during the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.
Khairy also revealed that they were looking into another urine sample of Chong Wei taken on Aug 15 to evaluate the existence of dexamethasone in Chong Wei’s urine. The shuttler’s recent medical history indicated he received that banned substance when he was going through treatment for his inner thigh injury on July 17.
“Initial result for that Aug 15 test did not show any traces of dexamethasone, because the sample was taken before that athlete left for the World Championships, and dexamethasone is allowed during out-of-competition tests,” added Khairy.
“If reexamination on that sample proved positive for the existence of dexamethasone, it’ll be helpful to show that for some unknown reason, that banned substance remained in the athlete’s system longer than a usual (more than a month),” explained Khairy.
“Even if the sample B result comes out as positive, we already told the athlete to stay calm, we will do everything we can to protect him,” stressed Khairy.