Mau­ri­tian bad­minton of­fi­cial banned for life after cor­rup­tion charges

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Bad­minton’s world body has banned for life and fined Mau­ri­tian former coun­cil mem­ber Raj Gaya after a hear­ing over al­leged mis­use of funds, in­clud­ing money in­tended for an Olympic ath­lete.

The Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion (BWF) said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Gaya had been fined $50,000 by its ethics hear­ing panel fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started in June last year.

The charges against Gaya stated that grants or fund­ing in­tended for the Mau­ri­tius Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion (MBA) had been di­verted into per­sonal bank ac­counts and used “for his own ben­e­fit”.

He was also ac­cused of sub­mit­ting forged ac­count­ing doc­u­ments and fal­si­fy­ing or ex­ag­ger­at­ing ex­penses.

The ethics hear­ing panel also looked into claims that money paid by the Bad­minton Con­fed­er­a­tion of Africa (BCA) to help shut­tlers qual­ify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics had been si­phoned off. “The BCA al­lo­cated $21,485 to the MBA... and paid $19,150 (to) Mr Gaya for that pur­pose, of which about $18,000 should have been paid to the Mau­ri­tian player Kate Foo Kune,” it said. The player de­clared in a wit­ness state­ment that she had re­ceived only $1,100, money the BWF said was paid in cash only after the player was “forced to pester” Gaya. The former of­fi­cial said in his de­fence, be­fore ceas­ing to co­op­er­ate with the BWF in­ves­ti­ga­tion, that he paid more than $1,100 but some money had gone to the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion for her ex­penses.

The panel or­dered $5,000 of the fine to be paid to the player, a mul­ti­ple African women’s sin­gles cham­pion who was the Mau­ri­tian flag bearer at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2016 Olympics.

Gaya had held po­si­tions with the BWF, BCA and MBA since 1999. In May the BWF banned two Malaysian play­ers for 15 and 20 years for bet­ting and match-fix­ing of­fences.

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