PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been suspended from competing in badminton for 20 and 15 years respectively for breaching the BWF code of conduct in relation to betting, wagering and irregular match results.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on its website that Zulfadli is barred from all competitive events, and banned from performing any administrative, coaching, officiating, or development functions until Jan 13, 2038.
Tan faced the same suspension till 2033.
In addition, Tan has been fined US$15,000 (about RM59,000) while Zulfadli has been fined US$25,000 by a BWF Ethics Hearing Panel.
The three-member independent panel found that Tan committed 26 violations of the 2012 code of conduct while Zulfadli committed 27 violations.
Zulfadli also committed four violations under the 2016 code of conduct.
The panel noted that both players “engaged in corruption offences over a significant period and a significant number of tournaments” dating back to 2013 but that Zulfadli had “committed more violations over a longer timeframe than Tan” and had “been proven to have manipulated the results of four matches”.
The suspensions begin from Jan 12 this year – the date on which both players were provisionally suspended by the Badminton World Federation.
Tan and Zulfadli have the right to appeal under Clause 14 of the BWF Judicial Procedures.