Kuala Lumpur: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has denied appeals from Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang who have been suspended from competing in badminton for 20 and 15 years respectively for breaching the BWF (World Badminton Federation) Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering and Irregular Match Results.
BWF issued a statement on Monday to confirm the appeals of both players have been rejected by CAS.
Below is the official statement from BWF:
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirms the appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by Mr. Zulfadli Zulkiffli (MAS) and Mr. Tan Chun Seang (MAS) against the decision of the BWF Ethics Hearing Panel in April 2018 have both been dismissed.
The Ethics Hearing Panel rendered its decision on 27 April 2018 banning Zulkiffli from competitive events and performing any role in badminton for 20 years, ordering him to pay a fine of USD$25,000, while Tan received a 15-year ban and a fine of USD$15,000.
The BWF is satisfied that CAS has come to the same conclusions as the independent Ethics Hearing Panel in rendering its decision on the appeal.”
In May 2018, through all information collected such as WhatsApp messages, and witness statements, BWF’s three-member ethics panel found that Zulkiffli, the 2011 world junior singles champion, was engaging in fixing six tournaments between 2013 and 2016. In addition, the panel also disclosed that Tan had been involved in corruption offenses at five tournaments between 2013 and 2014.
The BWF investigation began after a whistleblower reported allegations of a corrupt approach from Zulkiffli at a tournament in Brazil in 2016.