Badminton Doping ~ World Sports Weekly #5

By: Liam Paul

This week, we are taking a break from the usual matchup here at World Sports Weekly.  Instead, we go to the apparent new Lance Armstrong scandal in the sports world.  Lee Chong Wei, the badminton world number one, has won many championships, including the All England Open three times.

Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei, top-dog in the modern Badminton world. The image (And the one above) can be found here!

These victories started to be questioned, however, as Chong Wei failed a doping test on October 2nd.  While there is the possibility of this coming from doping, the top shuttler (yes, that’s what they call them) also had a recent thigh injury for which he is suspected of using Chinese traditional medicine, some of which contains traces of ingredients in performance-enhancing drugs made in China.

There will be a secondary test on Wednesday, November 11, by the World Badminton Federation (WBF) who have also “provisionally suspended” the Malaysian player since the original October test.  The secondary test will be in Oslo, Norway and will be covered by reporters from many world news organizations before the WBF’s statement the next day.

The almighty BWF logo

The almighty BWF logo

 

To learn more about Lee Chong Wei, visit this site for an interesting piece about the athlete.

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