Yesterday, two professional Malaysian badminton players have been found guilty of match-fixing in a statement by The Badminton World Federation (BWF). Former junior world champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been suspended from all badminton activities for 15 and 20 years respectively for breaching the BWF Code of Conduct in Relation for Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results.
Prior to the statement released yesterday, the BWF Ethics Hearing Panel had already heard about the case in February and and came to the decision on 27 April. There’s also a 65-page report detailing the chronology of the case over the span of the last two years when an investigation was initiated after BWF got news from a whistleblower in 2016.
The report highlights evidence including a Whatsapp conversation between Zulfadli and Tan on many occasions between 27 September 2013 and 12 December 2014. It has been found that the two shuttlers had engaged in match-fixing and committed corruption offences at six different tournaments between 2013 and 2016.
Here’s part of the transcript in the report:
London Grand Prix Gold, 1 to 6 October 2013
Dutch Grand Prix, 8 to 13 October 2013
Korea Grand Prix Gold, 5 to 10 November 2013
Macau Grand Prix Gold, 25 to 30 November 2014
K&D Graphics & Yonex Grand Prix (USA), 8 to 13 December 2014
The full report is available for download on the BWF’s official website here.
Other than this being a “career-ending ban” for the two players, both Zukifli and Tan have also been fined USD25,000 (RM98,100) and USD15,000 (RM58,900) respectively.