PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysian shuttlers will be represented by their respective lawyers at the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s match-fixing hearing starting in Singapore tomorrow.
The hearing will be over two days.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s Jadadish Chandra, who has been appointed to keep a watching brief on the hearing, said he did not anticipate a decision on the fate of the players to be made in Singapore.
“I know that the players will be represented by their own counsels. The hearing is over two days because the players are entitled to call witnesses,” said lawyer Jadadish, who is a key member of BAM’s Rules, Disciplinary and Integrity Committee.
“The lawyers will present their cases and look into the evidence by the world body.
It’s not like the hearing for Lee Chong Wei on doping in the past, they are two different cases,” he said.
Jadadish was referring to former world No. 1 Chong Wei’s hearing when he met a BWF independent three-member panel in Amsterdam, Holland, on April 11, 2015 over a doping offence.
Then, there was scientific evidence on Chong Wei’s urine test. Chong Wei attended the hearing to explain how the banned substance was found in his body.
The panel then decided that Chong Wei’s case was not one of doping with intent to cheat and the Malaysian only served an eight-month suspension – back-dated from the day he was suspended in October 2014.
Jadadish said another BWF three-member panel would address the two shuttlers.
“We don’t expect a quick decision at the conclusion of the hearing on Tuesday. The panel may make a decision but the written and reasoned award may be handed down later,” added Jadadish, who was one of the lawyers who attended Chong Wei’s hearing three years ago.