PETALING JAYA: Danish shuttler Joachim Persson has been suspended from all competitive tournaments for 18 months for code of conduct violations in relation to betting.
The 35-year-old ranked 350th in the world was also banned from performing any function in badminton such as administrative, coaching, officiating, or developmental functions for a period of 18 months and has also been ordered to pay costs of US$4,500 (RM18,244).
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ethics Hearing Panel found Persson guilty of four violations of the Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting Wagering and Irregular Match Results.
The four violations relate to failing to disclose details of an approach, not cooperating fully with investigations conducted by the BWF and not fully disclosing information to the BWF following a formal request to do so.
Persson had participated in the World Championships in 2006 where he lost to Lee Chong Wei in the third round.
He had also finished as runners-up in the Denmark Open back in 2008 when he lost to his compatriot and former world No. 1 Peter Gade in the final.