BWF’s fight against doping and match-fixing

The Badminton World Federation says doping cases in badminton, including Lee Chong Wei’s failed drug test last month, have “damaged some kind of credibility” in the sport.

Its President, Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen however declined to comment on Lee’s case which is still ongoing- with Lee expected to know the result of his hearing on December 8th in Amsterdam.

He told Singapore’s TODAY that doping, along with match-fixing in the sport, is something the BWF takes very seriously and is fighting against.

Prior to news of Chong Wei’s doping scandal, Danish players Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Kim Astrup were also offered money to throw matches by a fixer, who admitted to having fixed games in the Singapore Open and Thomas Cup.

“We have a few doping cases in the past, and luckily, it has not been that many. It is very important we are fully cooperating with the world anti-doping system,” he said.

“As long as you have money, in sports or other areas in society, you will have people cheating. So match-fixing is definitely a threat for the sport in general. It needs to be taken very seriously. It is a difficult area, but it is a matter of cooperating with the right partners.”

Last week, the BWF signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System to fight illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in the sport, in a bid to stop the threat in badminton.

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