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Report: M'sian shuttler under probe for match-fixing

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A Malaysian shuttler is being probed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for alleged match-fixing, reported the New Straits Times (NST) today.

According to the report, the player, in his 20s, has also been provisionally suspended, pending the completion of the investigations.

The world governing body reportedly started monitoring the player, who has represented Malaysia in tournaments such as the All-England and the World Championships, last February but only took action last month.

"I know BWF called the player in for an investigation late last year. It had apparently found enough proof, some after looking through the player's mobile phone, to charge the shuttler," a source told the daily.

The BWF is expected to hold later this month in Singapore a hearing for the player, whose lavish lifestyle first triggered BWF's suspicion.

Ng Chin Chai, the honorary secretary of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, declined to comment when contacted by the daily.

The report said that this is the first time a Malaysian shuttler is being investigated for direct involvement in match-fixing, and the said player can be banned for life if found guilty of the offence.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters at a function later, MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki said the commission had just received information about the matter. 

He confirmed that the individual is, however, not a BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) player, but an "independent" one. 

Azam said that MACC will look into the matter, based on the BWF's finding, adding that it is a "rare" issue. 

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