KUALA LUMPUR: The BA of Malaysia (BAM) will not help Zulfadli Zulkiffli settle his fine after the shuttler was found guilty for match-fixing by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria reiterated the national body will only assist the professional player, who is banned for 20 years, with the BWF appeal hearing process.
Norza confirmed that Zulfadli had sent in an official appeal requesting BAM to help him financially as he could not afford the US$25,000 (about 98,000) fine.
"Yes, Zufadli did write in to BAM hoping for us to come to his aid. After consulting BWF, Zulfadli is now allowed to pay the fine after the appeal hearing process,” he said after chairing his first Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) board meeting on Monday.
"Apart from that, BAM will be sending a representative to observe the hearing process to make sure Zulfadli is given a fair hearing.
"We are only doing this because as the national governing body we are supposed to look into all things related to badminton in this country.
"Having said that, BAM will not interfere with the case. I leave that to Zulfadli and his lawyers. We will also not pay the fine.”
Zulfadli, a former world junior champion, along with Tan Chun Seang were found guilty of match-fixing by the BWF after an independent hearing in Singapore in February.
Based on the full report by the panel, Zulfadli and Chun Seang were involved in match-fixing in six tournaments — London Open GP Gold (2013), Dutch Open GP (2013), Korea Open GP Gold (2014), Macau Open GP (2014), US Open GP (2014) and Brazil Open GP Gold (2016).
Chun Seang, who formerly played in the Thomas Cup, has been banned for 15 years and fined US$15,000 (about RM59,000).
BWF report stated that the WhatsApp conversations between the two shuttlers (mainly in Bahasa Malaysia) were extracted from their mobiles phones. The conversations covered a span of 15 months between Sept 27 (2013)-Dec 12 (2014).