Malaysian badminton pair probed for match-fixing

 14 Feb 2018 - 8:53

Malaysian badminton pair probed for match-fixing
Image used for representation.

AFP

Kuala Lumpur, Two Malaysian badminton players are being investigated for suspected match-fixing by the sport's governing body and could be banned for life if found guilty, a sports official said Wednesday.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is probing the pair over alleged fixing that happened about two years ago, said Norza Zakaria, president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia.

He refused to disclose their identities but Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported one used to be a top junior player and the other had taken part in the Thomas Cup, a prestigious team event.

"We have zero tolerance for this kind of heinous behaviour -- it will tarnish badminton's reputation," Norza told AFP.

The BWF declined to comment.

Under the BWF's rules, players found guilty of match-fixing can be banned for life. The Star reported that the players, who have been suspended, will attend a BWF hearing in Singapore this month.

Malaysia's anti-corruption authorities also said they would investigate the allegations.

Match-fixing scandals have in the past hit other sports in Asia, including cricket and football, but have been rare in badminton.

Related News

arrow Read More
Heroes spread Olympic spirit on National Sport Day

 14 Feb 2018 - 1:22

The unique power of sport to unite, inspire and connect has been shared with all Qatari residents as National Sport Day (NSD) brought the nation together through sporting celebrations across the country yesterday.

arrow Read More
Garcia survives Cibulkova scare as Muguruza advances

 14 Feb 2018 - 1:14

Caroline Garcia weathered a mid-match surge from Dominika Cibulkova to make her way into the third round of the Qatar Total Open yesterday.

arrow Read More
National Sport Day: Total players in friendly tie with World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova

 14 Feb 2018 - 1:14

World No. 6 ranked tennis player Karolina Pliskova engaged in a friendly match with Total’s internal tennis champions, as part of Total’s Qatar National Sport Day celebrations yesterday.