PUTRAJAYA: The Youth and Sports Ministry will seek an explanation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) over allegations that two national shuttlers were saddled with debts after borrowing from unlicensed money lenders to bet on football games.
BAM has denied those claims but admits to assisting in an ongoing investigation by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he can’t comment further on the matter until the BAM provides him with complete details.
“If this (football betting) is illegal and flouts BAM regulations, then it becomes a serious matter that must be dealt with in the best way possible by those handling the matter,” he told reporters at Menara KBS here yesterday.
A local sports portal yesterday claimed the two shuttlers are believed to have failed to pay off their debts, allegedly amounting to hundreds of thousands, to ‘Ah Longs’ (unlicensed money lenders) after they were involved in football gambling.
Following this, the BAM was reported to have called up the two players, whose names were withheld, for questioning.
BAM in a statement yesterday said the association is assisting and cooperating with BWF in some aspects of its investigation, details of which they were not at liberty to disclose.
“We would like to reiterate that none of our players are subject matter to the BWF investigation.
“As this is an on-going BWF investigation, BAM will no longer be commenting on this matter,” the statement read.