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Malaysian badminton pair probed for match-fixing

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Two Malaysian players are being investigated for suspected match-fixing by the governing body and could be banned for life if found guilty, a official said today.

The World Federation (BWF) is probing the pair over alleged fixing that happened about two years ago, said Norza Zakaria, of the Association of Malaysia.

He refused to disclose their identities but Malaysias newspaper reported one used to be a top and the other had taken part in the Thomas Cup, a prestigious team event.

"We have zero tolerance for this kind of heinous behaviour -- it will tarnish badmintons reputation," Norza told AFP.

The BWF declined to comment.

Under the BWFs rules, players found guilty of match-fixing can be banned for life. reported that the players, who have been suspended, will attend a BWF hearing in this month.

Malaysias anti-corruption authorities also said they would investigate the allegations.

Match-fixing scandals have in the past hit other in Asia, including and football, but have been rare in badminton.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 12:45 IST