“Eventually, it led to two Malaysian independent players being investigated and banned.”
There are unidentified calls to the players of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). According to reports by The Star, the BAM has sent caution to the players should the calls turn out to be related to match-fixing.
The calls received by the players are still identified and the association has warned the players not to answer any unidentified calls.
Back in April 2018, Malaysian players Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang were banned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in relation to match-fixing. Zulkiffli was handed a 20-year ban while Tan was handed a 15-year ban.
Secretary General of the BAM Kenny Goh said the association has given the players strict warnings not to pick up any calls from unidentified numbers and inform immediately if there was anything amiss.
He further added that the BAM was working round the clock to avoid what happened two years ago.
“We don’t hear it as much as before, which shows all the efforts taken to curb this menace is working.”
The two Malaysians are not the only two players banned by the BWF concerning match-fixing. Joachim Persson was banned in early 2019 with the same accusations as Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang.
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