Match-fix­ing hear­ing on Feb 26-27

New Straits Times - - SPORT -

hear­ing for the two pro­fes­sional shut­tlers linked to an al­leged match-fix­ing scan­dal has been set for Feb 26-27 in Sin­ga­pore.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, each of the play­ers will have to face a panel ap­pointed by the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion (BWF) separately.

If found guilty, both the play­ers can be banned for life.

On Tues­day an ex­clu­sive re­port by New Straits Times Sport rocked the lo­cal sports scene when it re­vealed that a pro­fes­sional player - who has played in ma­jor tour­na­ments such as the All Eng­land and World Cham­pi­onships - was in­volved in match fix­ing.

A day later, BAM con­firmed that not one but two in­de­pen­dent play­ers have been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended from all com­pe­ti­tions, pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the world gov­ern­ing body.

This is the first time that Malaysian play­ers have been linked di­rectly to match-fix­ing.

It is learnt that BWF have been mon­i­tor­ing these play­ers for a while, be­fore writ­ing to BAM last De­cem­ber, in­form­ing the na­tional body of the play­ers and the pro­cesses they will have to go through.

Na­tional men’s sin­gles head coach Mis­bun Sidek said yes­ter­day that the act of fix­ing matches is sim­i­lar to that of sell­ing the coun­try.

“It is shame­ful. For me, when you play for the coun­try, you do your best. If you can ma­nip­u­late matches, then it is no dif­fer­ent than sell­ing your county. I can­not stand a dis­grace­ful act such as this,” said Mis­bun.

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