Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton ace Lee Chong Wei fears he will never realise his dream of becoming World and Olympic champion after he was suspended for failing a drugs test.
Lee Chong Wei
The World No 1 is temporarily barred from competition after testing positive to the banned anti-inflammatory dexamethasone, for which he could face an eventual suspension of up to two years.
"If I am suspended for a long time, it will affect my chances of becoming a World Champion next year and also win the Olympic gold medal in 2016," Lee, 32, told the New Straits Times.
"It has always been my dream to win both titles. It is also the reason why I took up the sport."
Despite topping the badminton rankings for years and reaching five World and Olympic finals, the popular Lee has never been able to win either of the sport's two major prizes.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended the player "due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation" while a panel considers whether he has committed an offence.
Lee tested positive after giving urine samples at the BWF World Championships in August in Copenhagen, where he lost to China's Chen Long in the final.