Malaysian shuttler Lee handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:00 GMT, Apr 28, 2015 |

Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation on Monday, keeping alive the former world number one’s dream of winning gold at the Rio Olympics next year.

The 32-year-old Malaysian, twice an Olympic silver medallist, had been under a provisional suspension since November after testing positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships three months earlier.

Lee, the winner of 55 titles around the world, had his case heard by a three-member panel in Amsterdam on April 11 and faced a two-year ban which would have all but ended his career but the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF opted for a softer sentence.

Lee will be eligible to compete again on Friday.

Lee, one of Malaysia’s favourite sporting sons, remains his country’s top ranked shuttler and was nominated last week for Malaysia’s 2014 sportsman of the year award.