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08 Jan, 2021
Life Bans & Heavy Sanctions Handed Out by BWF in Two Integrity Cases
Badminton world federation (BWF) has pronounced judgment in two integrity cases that were investigated and heard in late 2020. Both cases involved whistle-blowers who reported information to the BWF about corrupt behaviour including approaches to fix a match or to manipulate part of their match for money, said BWF in a statement released earlier today.
The first case, pertaining to eight Indonesian players – competing in lower-level international tournaments in Asia, until 2019 involved indiscretions related to match fixing, match manipulation and/or betting on the sport.
Investigation into this case began with a whistle-blower report and the players were provisionally suspended in 2020, until the investigations by the BWF Integrity Unit were to be completed. Following the inquiry, three of the players have been found guilty.
“(They) were found to have coordinated and organised others into being complicit in the behaviour and have been suspended from all badminton related activities for life. Five others were suspended for between six to 12 years and fined between US$3,000 and US$12,000 each,” the BWF said.
In the second instance, a Malaysian citizen, representing an equipment brand has been suspended from all badminton-related activities for life.
The BWF Integrity Unit had been investigating the individual for a number of years, said the BWF and added that, the IHP found that the individual had approached international badminton athletes and offered money to manipulate matches, bet on multiple badminton matches including matches involving players that were sponsored by the individuals’ employer.
“(He) abused his position of influence as an executive in a sporting brand in an attempt to corrupt international badminton and enrich himself,” said the BWF release.
In both cases the sanctioned individuals have a right to appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days.