Rab, Feb

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) will continue to work with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to ensure national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei receives the minimum punishment after failing a doping test, said its minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the ministry would also do its best to assist Chong Wei to avoid a long lay off which would affect his world number one ranking, which the ace has been holding the last few years.

Khairy, who had met up with Chong Wei earlier today, said he hoped the national icon would weather this “black episode” in his life.

“I came to know about this since Aug 2 (when Chong Wei was alleged to have failed the doping test on his Sample A) and I coordinated all investigations together with the National Sports Institute (ISN) and BAM, including meeting him.

“So, we will continue to work with BAM in investigating this case until the Badminton World Federation’s hearing into it,” he told reporters after opening Dewina Super Froyo Sdn Bhd’s third TCBY yogurt ice-cream outlet here.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria had told a media conference here earlier today that Chong Wei was