Malaysian implicated in alleged badminton match fixing

The Badminton World Federation president Poul-Erik Hoyer of Denmark. - Filepic

The Badminton World Federation president Poul-Erik Hoyer of Denmark. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Match fixing is rearing its ugly head in world badminton and it is learnt that a Malaysian is involved.

On Monday, the Kuala Lumpur-based Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed making two reports of alleged match fixing to the police authorities in Denmark.

It was reported in the that two Denmark players - singles star Hans Kristian Vittinghus and doubles specialist Kim Astrup – were approached by a Malaysian to fix their matches at the Japan Open in June. Both the Danes rejected the offers and reported the matter to the BWF.

Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said he was shocked to hear the news and was saddened that a Malaysian was linked with the incident.

“This is really shocking. We hear of match fixing in other sports, but to hear such reports in badminton is really shocking,” said Norza.

“We hope that investigation will be conducted thoroughly and the culprit be brought to justice. As a BAM deputy president, I can assure that we will give our full co-operation in whatever we can to the world body to curb this problem. We do not condone match fixing,” he added.

Norza added that it was high time for the BAM to set-up a whistle-blowing system in their national set-up.

“I will make a proposal for us to set up a system where players can report to us immediately if they are approached to throw or fix their matches,” said Norza.

BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer was happy that the two players reported the matter to the world body.

“The BWF are very satisfied that the two players completely rejected the offers and also reported the case through the BWF’s whistle-blowing system set up to handle such incidents,” said Hoyer in a press statement.

“We are aware of the threats of match fixing in general and that badminton, as well as other sports, can be targets for criminal activities related to match fixing and betting activities. It is, however, a very complex and sensitive area that may involve criminal syndicates. As such, we have offered our full co-operation and assistance to the police authorities to resolve this case,” added the Dane.