Singapore: Two Malaysian professional badminton players on whom they were seen at the lobby of Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore, where the Badminton World Federation (BWF) match-fixing hearing session was taking place, refused to speak to the media on Tuesday.
Since BWF has not disclosed the identities of the two suspected players involved in the alleged match-fixing scandal, we refused to speculate why Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang were present at the Hotel during such particular sensitive period.
At the end of the hearing on Monday, it was reported that the two Malaysian shuttlers left the hotel with the BWF officials through the kitchen of the Jen Tanglin Hotel kitchen.
Around 5.10pm on Tuesday, media saw both Zulkiffli and Tan were leaving the hotel, where Zulkiffli hopped in a white Toyota Vellfire and drove off with his father, Zulkiffli Sidek, his brothers and lawyers inside the car.
Meanwhile, Tan left the hotel lobby in a taxi.
It is learned that three independent panel members appointed by BWF will provide a written report that contained summary of the two-day hearing. BWF will only issue a formal verdict once it receives the report.
Both players face six counts of match-fixing in six different tournaments between 2013 and 2016, they may be banned for life if found guilty. In addition to the punishment from BWF, both players also would face jail time as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are waiting for a decision from BWF before filing charges against the players.