Online Gamblers Beware Badminton Under Scrutiny

Published Tuesday, October 14, 2014 -
Online Gamblers Beware Badminton Under Scrutiny

Currently headquartered in Kuala Lumpur after a considerable amount of time being located in Cheltenham, UK since its founding in 1934 the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing organization sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. Originally consisting of online nine members the Badminton World Federation has grown to one hundred and seventy six nationalities over the globe. A new name was taken on in 2006 during the Extraordinary General Meeting in Spain changing it from the International Badminton Federation to the Badminton World Federation.

The Federation has just announced it has evidence of match fixing. Recently, two players revealed to the  BWF that they had been approached and subsequently denied an offer to conspire with others to corrupt badminton games. The police were informed and the Federation s cooperating with the investigation.  

Poul-Erik Høyer current president of the BWF commented in a statement, “BWF is very satisfied that the players who were contacted about the match-fixing offer completely rejected it and also reported the case through the BWF ‘Whistle Blower’ System that has been set up precisely to handle such incidents.

“BWF is acutely aware of the threats around match fixing in general and that badminton, as well as other sports, can be targets for criminal activities related to illegal match-fixing and illegal betting activities, which is a problem within our societies.

“It is, however, a very complex and sensitive area that may involve criminal syndicates which are not part of the badminton community, and as such match fixing becomes a matter for the police authorities.” Poul-Erik Høyer continued, “While BWF does not think it is advantageous for the resolution of this case that details have been publicised, we do view this as an opportunity to highlight even further to the badminton community that they must be aware of threats from external criminal sources.”




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