Lee Chong Wei to sue ex-shuttler over dope claims
THE world's top badminton player, Lee Chong Wei, has confirmed that he will be suing former Malaysian national shuttler Razif Sidek, and a Malay daily over allegations that he was involved in doping.
"The allegations are not true. Just because I have a doping case now, you can't simply say anything. Does he have any proof to justify his claims?" Lee told The Star Online yesterday.
The 32-year-old served a letter of demand, through his legal team Song and Partners, to Razif and Kosmo! last week.
Razif, who hails from the legendary Sidek badminton family, had claimed in a Kosmo! report that Lee had been using banned substances for a long time and that Badminton Association of Malaysia officials were aware of the problem.
Last month, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended Lee from all tournaments after both his A and B urine samples tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone.
Lee, who failed the dope test at the World Championships in Copenhagen on Aug 30, is suspended until a hearing is carried out by BWF.
He faces a two-year ban if found guilty.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK