Gaya is banned for life

Sport360 - - Wilder V Fury - By Staff Re­porter b @ Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Bad­minton’s world govern­ing body Wed­nes­day banned for­mer coun­cil mem­ber Raj Gaya from the sport for life and hit him with a fine of $50,000 over al­leged mis­use of funds.

Gaya, from Mau­ri­tius, had since 1999 held po­si­tions with the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion (BWF), the Bad­minton Con­fed­er­a­tion of Africa and the Mau­ri­tius Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion (MBA).

The BWF Ethics Hear­ing Panel be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the of­fi­cial in June last year af­ter for­mer MBA pres­i­dent Bas­sir Mun­groo “raised sev­eral al­le­ga­tions” of cor­rup­tion against him, it said in a re­port.

The ethics panel said their probe re­vealed Gaya had di­verted funds meant for the MBA to his per­sonal bank ac­count and used them “for his own ben­e­fit”.

It also said he had ex­ag­ger­ated or fal­si­fied ex­pense claims, forged of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and re­fused to co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Gaya told of­fi­cials he had used the funds for “bad­minton re­lated ex­penses”, as well as “po­lit­i­cal rea­sons” in­clud­ing “to get African peo­ple on his side”, ac­cord­ing the re­port.

The three-mem­ber panel chaired by Sylvia Schenk two weeks ago said it would ban Gaya from “per­form­ing any func­tion in bad­minton for life” and or­dered him to pay the fine – a de­ci­sion up­held by the BWF on Wed­nes­day.

In re­cent years, BWF has em­barked on a mis­sion to root out cor­rup­tion, match-fix­ing and il­le­gal gam­bling from the sport.

In May, two Malaysian bad­minton play­ers re­ceived ca­reer-end­ing bans for match-fix­ing.

Out: Raj Gaya from Mau­ri­tius.

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