KUALA LUMPUR,. There is no escape for match-fixing offenders.
This is the warning from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as they have more powers to curb match-fixing after putting in place an Integrity Code in 2016.
“We now have much stronger powers to gather information under this Code,” said Lund.
“We can demand interviews with anyone in the sport as well as ask those who are alleged to have committed offences to hand over items such as mobile phones, laptops and telephone records.”
He said the amended Code has put BWF’s investigative framework, on illegal betting and manipulation of match results, on parallel with information-gathering rules under the enhanced BWF Anti-Doping Regulations (January 2015).
Under the tougher Code of Conduct, Lund said it was also an offence for badminton personnel not to report any knowledge of illegal betting, soliciting or other behaviour that is an offence under the code; to tamper with or destroy evidence; or not to cooperate with investigations by the BWF.
“BWF are committed to clean the sport and this Code is for everyone in badminton. It covers almost all the people associated with our sport and addresses circumstances that have come about with the evolution of badminton,” said Lund.
“The integrity of our sport is clearly a critical area which we take very seriously.
“We have an Integrity Unit and we have launched an Integrity Campaign. There are various initiatives to protect and support badminton’s integrity on all levels.
“Having the necessary regulations to tackle integrity issues is a key element to ensure a clean sport.”
He added that significant sanctions or punishments would apply to anyone who has committed an offence under the revised Code of Conduct.
“In serious cases, this could mean a lifetime ban from badminton,” added Lund.
BWF have also formed a long-term integrity partnership with Genius Sports to protect their competitions against the threat of match-fixing.
Genius Sports provides the world-governing body with its state-of-the-art bet-monitoring system, which compares real-time odds movements from global betting markets and intelligence from hundreds of betting operators, to identify and flag irregular activity in real time.
Lund, however, did not want to comment on the recent hearing of two Malaysian shuttlers, who were questioned on match-fixing.
It was learnt that Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been suspended. Both attended the hearing in Singapore last month, accompanied by their lawyers.