KUALA LUMPUR: A junior shuttler from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) has been served a three-month ban for being involved in internet gambling.
This is the first time that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has taken such action against the gambling issue in the national set-up.
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said they would continue with efforts to weed out gambling and match-fixing under the zero tolerance campaign against such vices.
"Action has been taken against the boy based on the evidence we have gathered. He came to us seeking help to overcome his problem," said Norza after a three-hour executive committee meeting at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara Wednesday.
He said a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tighten the current policy on gambling would come into effect soon and added that the rules and integrity committee will embed new rules in the players' contract.
Norza added that the BAM has a zero-tolerance policy on gambling and betting.
"We'll come out with other mechanisms to monitor this. Once the SOP is established, the offender, whether he is involved in gambling through legal or illegal means, will be dropped from the squad with immediate effect," said Norza.