No smoke with­out ire for Malaysian bad­minton player

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian bad­minton player has been heav­ily fined for smok­ing dur­ing a tour­na­ment, of­fi­cials said, in the lat­est un­to­ward in­ci­dent to hit the sport in the coun­try.

Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din, 28, was fined 50 per cent of his monthly al­lowance for light­ing up in his ho­tel room dur­ing last month’s Thomas Cup in Bangkok, where Malaysia crashed out in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

He also had to pay the ho­tel’s fine of 3,000 baht (about US$ 93) for vi­o­lat­ing its no-smok­ing rules, Malaysian re­ports said. Iskan­dar, who is 50th in the men’s sin­gles world rank­ings, was brought be­fore the Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia’s (BAM) dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on June 1.

“The com­mit­tee sanc­tioned Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain a one-time 50 per­cent fine of his monthly al­lowance,” the BAM’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, with­out re­veal­ing the amount of the fine.

The state­ment added that all play­ers wil l now go through nico­tine test­ing “from time to time”, warn­ing of se­vere reper­cus­sions for any­one who tests pos­i­tive. Malaysian play­ers are for­bid­den from gam­bling or smok­ing.

Iskan­dar’s pun­ish­ment comes a month af­ter two play­ers were hit with decades-long bans for match­fix­ing and cor­rup­tion.

Zul­fadli Zulk­if­fli, 25, a for­mer world ju­nior cham­pion who was banned for 20 years, has since ap­pealed the de­ci­sion. — AFP

The six Sukma lifters pos­ing with Sarawak Sports Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Ong Kong Swee (sec­ond left), Sarawak Weightlft­ing As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Jampi Tu­tong (cen­tre) and Kuch­ing Weightlift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Arthur Wee (left) af­ter win­ning medals at the Kuch­ing Open.

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