Lin hopes for early Lee return

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China's Lin Dan said he hopes world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who is embroiled in a doping scandal, is able to return to the sport soon, state media reported.

"I hope that this great player comes back to the court as soon as possible," Lin said referring to Lee, according to Xinhua news agency.

"Not only does Malaysia need him, but the whole badminton world needs him."

Lee has been suspended after testing positive for the banned anti-inflammatory dexamethasone, and could be barred for up to two years.

The Badminton World Federation said on Tuesday that Lee was suspended "due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation".

Lin and Lee have long been rivals despite Lin's frequent injury absences. The two players have faced off 33 times since 2004. "I hope Lee's scandal isn't real," Lin was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "I still want to see the Lin-Lee rivalry, those games always bring great fun for the fans."

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