Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has slapped former world junior singles champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli and former Malaysian national badminton player Tan Chun Seang with career-ending bans following a match-fixing investigation from a period between 2013-2016.
BWF Ethics Hearing Panel has come to the conclusion that both players have “engaged in corruption offences over a significant period and a significant number of tournaments” dating back to 2013, BWF said in a statement.
Zulkiffli, who was crowned world junior champion back in 2011, was found to have manipulated the results of four matches between 2013 and 2016 and was also fined USD $25,000.
The 25-year-old Malaysian player committed a total of 31 violations of the code of conduct between 2013 and 2016 and was banned for 20 years.
Meanwhile, Tan Chun Seang, who quit the Malaysian national team in 2011 and was subsequently restricted by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for playing for any Asian country for two years, violated the code on 26 occasions and was given a 15-year ban and total fine of USD $15,000.
Their suspension began from Jan 12, 2018, the date on which both players were provisionally suspended by the BWF.
Both players will be barred from any involvement in any related to badminton for 20 and 15 years respectively, which including responsibilities such as administrative, coaching, officiating, or developmental functions related to badminton.