No smoke with­out ire for Malaysia bad­minton player

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

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

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

Malaysian play­ers are for­bid­den from gam­bling or smoking. He also had to pay the ho­tel’s fine of 3,000 baht ($90) 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 com­mit­tee said in a state­ment on Wednesday, with­out re­veal­ing the fine’s amount.

The state­ment added that all play­ers will now un­dergo nico­tine test­ing “from time to time”, warn­ing of se­vere reper­cus­sions for any­one who tests pos­i­tive.

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

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

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