Duo told not to 'waste time' on appealMarch 8, 2018 @ 7:03PM
By Helmi Talkah
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national doubles star, Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek feels that the two Malaysian shuttlers, implicated in match-fixing, should just accept any action by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Jalani pointed out that challenging the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) will not only cost a fortune but is a waste of time.
"They should accept whatever decision or sentence, because this is what you get for getting involved in such activities. They should face the music.
"Why waste time and money by challenging the case at the CAS. I strongly believe that the BWF have got concrete facts and evidence before calling for a hearing.
"I do not think the world body would have acted on the matter if they did not have hard evidence. Personally, the two players should just accept the outcome," said Jalani when contacted on Thursday.
It is learnt that BWF have received the full report from the three-man panel that chaired the hearing in Singapore on Feb 26-27.
BWF are now in the final stages of wrapping up the case, before making an official announcement.
The two players have six match-fixing charges against them from six tournaments between 2013-2016.
Like what Jalani said, challenging the case at the CAS, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, would indeed cost a bomb.
According to the official CAS website, administration cost alone could be anything between 100 Swiss franc (RM414) and 25,000 Swiss franc (RM103,380).
Arbitration cost and fees, on the other hand, are between 100 Swiss franc (RM1,240) and 500 Swiss franc (RM2,067).
The chief judge handling the case can also submit his or her claim for traveling, accommodation and food.
BWF have yet to announce the names of the two players. Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli and ex-Thomas Cupper Tan Chun Seang were seen attending the hearing at a hotel in Singapore.