Badminton’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has failed a doping test, a top Malaysian sports official said on Saturday.
Lee, who has been temporarily suspended pending a hearing by the Badminton World Federation’s doping panel, faces a potential two-year ban from competition.
Badminton Association of Malaysia deputy chairman Mohamad Norza Zakaria confirmed on Saturday that a test carried out on November 5 in Oslo on the B sample had backed up the positive finding of the A sample from a doping control at this year’s World Championships.
Mr. Zakaria declined to identify the player, however a senior Malaysian sports official confirmed to The Associated Press that it was Lee.
The Badminton World Federation would hear an expected challenge to the finding by the BMA and Lee.
Mr. Zakaria said the player tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone, but the association believed he was innocent.
“This player is a very dedicated player and an exceptional individual,” he told a media conference. “We believe this player has never resorted to shortcuts to achieve success.”