National body fine Iskandar for violating no-smoking rule in Finals

In trouble: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is one of the members of the Thomas Cup team that crashed out in the quarter-finals at the Finals last month.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have taken action against Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (pic) for violating the national body’s no-smoking rule.

In a press statement yesterday, the BAM stated that Iskandar would have to pay a one-time 50% fine of his monthly allowance for a smoking offence in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Thomas Cup Finals last month.

The hotel where the Malaysian team stayed at during the Finals in Bangkok had asked the BAM to settle a fine after finding out that Iskandar and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif had violated a non-smoking rule in the room they both shared.

Yesterday, the BAM confirmed that only Iskandar had committed the offence.

“Both players involved in the alleged incident were called up for an inquiry by the rules, discipline and integrity committee on June 1,” said the statement.

“Upon deliberation and based on BAM’s standard operating procedure, the committee were satisfied that the incident involved only Iskandar. The committee sanctioned a one-time 50% fine of his monthly allowance.”

Meanwhile, the BAM’s coaching and training committee also decided that all players would undergo nicotine testing from time to time.

“Any player tested positive will be severely dealt with,” said the statement.

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