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15 Jun, 2018
Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, the Malaysian
singles badminton player get himself into a difficult situation. During the
Thomas Cup Finals, Iskandar was accused of smoking, which has created troubles
for his career. According to the leads, the two players Iskandar and Mohd Arif
Abdul Latif were interrogated for the igniting in the hotel room. A bill was
received which was importuning compensation for the petty loss and damage,
affected the room which was being shared by the two Malaysian players. The
hotel was allotted to the Malaysian team, in Bangkok.
Both of the players were among the members of the
Thomas Cup Team and in the previous month, unfortunately, their team was
whipped out in the quarter-finals. Played as a singles player, Iskandar was
unable to win the match which was held against Denmark. The Malaysian players
who hold world no 50, are now a holding the 3rd rank and are
following Lee Zii Jee and World No. 7 Lee Chong Wei, the badminton starters who
are under the guidance of Datuk Misbun Sidek, the singles coach.
On the other hand, in a trimming exercise on
Monday, Aris was discarded from the team of men’s doubles which was led by
Cheah Soon Kit.
On April, Mr. Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, the
president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia has also announced that
gambling, betting and smoking by any sports personnel, being in a national
team, will not be tolerated by the association. In previous times also, a
student was banned for the duration of 3 months from the Bukit Jalil Sports,
In April, during the Commonwealth Games, which was
held in the Gold Coast, the absence of the VIPs was noticed while the
bronze-medal match was in progress. The Malaysian doubles shuttlers unleashed
their disappointment towards the VIPs on the social media platform, Instagram.
When the BAM gets to know about this matter, a memo was dispatched for the two
shuttlers, as it does not tolerate any issues in the disciplinary and pride of
the country and association.
The whole scenario of the smoking of the two
shuttlers was rolled up last week, during the meeting of the BAM’s training and
coaching committee, yet the decision of the association is still unclear. A
personal meeting was also arranged among the players and the associates of the
Badminton Association of Malaysia. Still the decision is quite unsure that
whether the players should be punished, or should they get a warning for not
performing such activities in future.
At the CNT meeting, which was held last week, it
was informed by one of the member of the BAM council, that the smoking incident
was proven, although no strong decision has been taken till now. He also added
that all the associated members of the CNT is foreseen to assemble during the
Malaysian Open, which is being held from June 26 to July 1st at the
Axiata Arena, as it would be a good time to dispute the smoking matter and take
a firm decision on it.
The new CNT chairman, Datuk Ng Chin Chai stated
that the smoking case has showed the indiscipline and the committee has
propelled its stand to the players on such series issues of gambling and
smoking. On the recent matter, a strong and firm decision will be made the
occasion of Hari Raya. He also added that even after conveying the dangerous
outcomes so many times, players do not learn, and the committee do not want
such incidents to happen again and so to exempt players from smoking, the
committee will arrange tests. Such tests have also been organised in the past
and definitely they will be beneficial in the future.