KUALA LUMPUR – The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) would take the ‘wait and see’ approach on whether to help the two shuttlers who have been punished by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for match fixing.
BAM president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said, the national badminton governing body do not want to make any speculative statement for now, but would leave it to Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chung Seang to take necessary actions.
“I think they know where they stand. I saw a report stating Zulfadli told that people have to understand and hear his story. So let us give that benefit to him first.
“They have to go through the process of appealing…I think they have their own legal counsel, they will discuss what is best for them. Let’s wait for that,” Mohamad Norza said when he was asked if BAM would give financial help to the two shuttlers to pay the hefty fine imposed by BWF, after chairing the Coaching and Training (C&T) Committee meeting at Academy Badminton Malaysia here, today.
Yesterday, Zulfadli and Chun Seang were handed a career ending ban of 20 and 15 years respectively, for breaching the BWF’s Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results. It covers administrative, coaching, officiating or developmental function roles.
In addition, Chun Seang has been fined US$15,000 (RM59,000) while Zulfadli was fined for US$25,000 (RM98,000) by the BWF Ethics Hearing Panel. – BERNAMA