Thai badminton sensation and world No.4 Ratchanok Intanon might be axed from the Thailand's Olympic squad if she fails in dope test.
Unconfirmed reports had it that during the dope test conducted after the completion of the 2016 Asian Badminton Championships in China last April, a banned substance was found in Ratchanok's sample which might cause her to get banned from the Rio Games.
However, Thanuch Assawanapakas, deputy secretary general of the Badminton Association of Thailand, told the press that Ratchanok is still training intensively in preparation for the next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also said that the World Anti-Doping Agency have yet to inform the BAT about this and the association have to wait for the WADA's confirmation till they can hold a press conference about her fate.
Meanwhile, Doctor Meechai Inwood, a Thai team doctor from the Sports Authority of Thailand, revealed that the SAT have already tested the substance and it was negative. He added that if banned substance is found, the athlete will get the axe. As for Ratchanok's case, the Badminton World Federation must first announce that the substance was found positive ahead of the official confirmation.
Thai Chef-de-Mission Thana Chaiprasit said that since the confirmation has yet been announced by the BWF, the Thai athletes qualified for the Olympic Games have to continue their intensive training to get themselves ready for the Rio Games.