Use the system to beat match fixing, urged BWF boss

ODENSE: Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer wants players around the world to make full use of the whistle-blower system to fight match fixing.

“We have an established whistle-blower system against illegal betting. My advice is to please use it,” he said when met during the Denmark Open Superseries Premier.

“Any player who has any kind of information, or is approached by bookmakers, should come forward and assist us in fighting this problem.”

Last week, the BWF revealed that two players – named by badminton magazine www.badzine.net as Danish shuttlers Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Kim Astrup Sorensen – were approached by a bookmaker, believed to be Malaysian, before the Japan Open in June.

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Both players reported the incident to the BWF, who have subsequently reported it to the police.

Hoyer, who took over the post of BWF head last year, believes that incidents like this will be hard to curb if players do not cooperate.

He also said that increasing the prize money for tournaments, as suggested by Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) president Tan Sri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh is good.

But, he added, it would be futile if the players do not step forward.

“Personally, I will not stop the evolution of badminton. If there is to be more prize money for tournaments, then it is always good,” said Hoyer.

“But it is also important to note that we address and conquer this problem. To do that, we need to catch the bettors, and the people behind it.

“I do not believe match fixing is more rampant in Asia … as long as there is money involved, there will always be betting. So, it is more important to catch the ones behind it.”

Hoyer also explained that the BWF will make a final decision next April regarding the proposed change to the scoring format.

The current 21-point best-of-three-game format is deemed too long and an 11-point best-of-five format has been proposed – and tested at smaller events.

“First, the BWF Council will discuss in November the main criteria behind the need for the change of format,” said Hoyer.

“But the council cannot make a decision. They can only table it at the annual general meeting next April for a decision to be made.”

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