Lifetime ban for Malaysian is a lesson to players

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) President Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria during a press conference after chairing the BAM Annual General Meeting at the Badminton Academy Malaysia, Bukit Kiara today. Photo: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to impose a lifetime suspension on a Malaysian involved in match fixings should be a lesson to the national players to avoid being caught in such immoral activities.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria stressed that the action taken against the individual involved was an appropriate step in curbing the activity from further tarnishing the image of badminton.

He explained that the suspension decision was also a lesson to the players not to repeat the same mistakes made by two former national players, Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chung Seang who were prior to this sentenced to 20 and 15 years, respectively, by the BWF for being involved in match-fixing issues.

“We hope (this BWF action) is a warning to our players so that whatever we do, we should not use shortcuts or prioritise wealth and profit because the competition in badminton (should) be held in a healthy way,” he said.

He said this to reporters after chairing the 75th BAM Annual General Meeting at the Malaysian Badminton Academy, Bukit Kiara here, today.

Yesterday, BWF, through a statement, informed that the parent body’s independent hearing panel decided to impose a lifetime suspension on an executive of a Malaysian sports equipment company for fixing matches.

BWF informed that the BWF Integrity Unit had been investigating the executive representative of the sports equipment company that sponsored international players since the 2014 Japan Open.

According to the BWF, the executive could appeal to the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS) within 21 days from the date of sentencing.

Commenting further, Mohamad Norza stressed that BAM through the legal committee always holds awareness courses, besides advising national players to make a report to the management if any outside individuals try to involve them in the immoral activities.

Asked about the individual’s involvement with BAM, he received information from BAM Secretary-General Datuk Kenny Goh that the individual had tried to deal with BAM affiliates at the state level only, but it was not continued due to certain factors. – Bernama