Capsules contaminated with dexamethasone, Lee Chong Wei keeps Asiad medals

Khairy Jamaluddin, Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Seri Norza (from left). (photo: Reuters)

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters on Monday that dexamethasone found in Lee’s urine sample was probably came from contaminated cordyceps capsules.Khairy Jamaluddin, Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Seri Norza (from left). (photo: Reuters)

According to Khairy, the cordyceps were given to Lee from his family with the belief that it was beneficial to his health. Nevertheless, Khairy urged all Malaysian athletes should get approval of the National Sports Institute (NSI) before they consume any kind of medications.

“Chong Wei’s incident was a very rare case, there were no problem with the cordyceps itself but the capsules for those cordyceps were contaminated,” said Khairy.

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) independent panel believed one or more of the gelatine capsule shells were contaminated by dexamethasone.”

“Welcome back Lee Chong Wei, and thanks Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for standing behind Chong Wei the whole time, and the fans for their support,” added Khairy.

Based on Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) verdict on Monday, Lee Chong Wei’s silver medal at the World Championships in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31 last year was rescinded. Nonetheless,  he still got to keep the men’s singles and men’s group bronze medal he won at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea last year, since according to BWF, other results he obtained between Aug 30-Oct 2, 2014 were not affected by the decision.

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