KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian professional shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been banned from competing in badminton for 20 and 15 years respectively for breaching the Badminton World Federation’s Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results.
According to a statement issued by Badminton World Federation (BWF) here, today the independent players have also been banned from any involvement in the sport for 15 and 20 years respectively.
This covers administrative, coaching, officiating, or developmental function roles. In addition, Chun Seang has been fined US$15,000 (RM59,000) while Zulfadli fined US$25,000 (RM98,000) by a BWF Ethics Hearing Panel.
In reaching their decision, the three-member independent panel found that Chun Seang committed 26 violations while Zulfadli committed 27 violations under the 2012 Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting Wagering and Irregular Match Results. Zulfadli also committed another four violations of the 2016 Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting Wagering and Irregular Match Results.
The independent panel noted both players were “engaged in corruption offences over a significant period and a significant number of tournaments” dating back to 2013 but that Zulfadli had “committed more violations over a longer time frame than Chun Seang” and had been proven to have manipulated the results of four matches.
The suspensions were backdated to Jan 12 this year – the date on which both players were provisionally suspended by the BWF. Chun Seang and Zulfadli have the right to appeal under Clause 14 of the BWF Judicial Procedures. – BERNAMA