Posted on: April 27, 2015
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Badminton star Lee Chong Wei gets backdated ban for doping

By Supriyo Das

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Badminton star Lee Chong Wei gets backdated ban for doping

Amsterdam, April 27 (IANS) Former world number one Lee Chong Wei has been banned for eight months by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for doping.

The 32-year-old Malaysian tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the World Championships in August.

But Lee, who has been suspended since November last year, will be able to compete again May 1 after the ban was backdated.

The BWF said Lee was "negligent", but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as "he did not realise he had ingested a specified substance (Dexamethasone)".

"The panel is convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat," the BWF said in a statement.

Lee was provisionally suspended in November last year and therefore barred temporarily from participating in any competition, till a decision was made.

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