Malaysian ace Lee Chong Wei`s long-awaited doping hearing opened before a three-member Badminton World Federation panel Saturday in Amsterdam, a BWF official said, where the former world number one has vowed to clear his name.
World number one Chen Long and his illustrious compatriot Lin Dan will clash in the finals of the Malaysian Open on Sunday after both Chinese shuttlers overcame their opponents at the semi-final stage on Saturday.
Former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei is hoping to be back on court for the start of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers in May after finally being given an April date for a hearing into his failed dope test.
Lee Chong Wei`s indefinite suspension for a doping violation will cost the Malaysian his top ranking with Chinese world champion Chen Long set to take over on Thursday after his World Superseries Finals triumph in Dubai.
Badminton `powerhouse` Malaysia lamented their absence from next week`s $1 million Super Series Masters Finals in Dubai and warned the current crop of shuttlers to buck up their ideas or risk being axed.
Overnight sensation Kidambi Srikanth will try to write more positive headlines for badminton this week in Hong Kong after he shocked the great Lin Dan in the China Open final -- just months after a meningitis scare.
Lee Chong Wei has dominated the world rankings without ever capturing one of badminton`s biggest prizes and now the Malaysian`s hopes of a last shot at glory appear likely to have ended in an Oslo laboratory.