KUALA LUMPUR: The BA of Malaysia (BAM) are upset with the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) for abruptly barring their observer Jadadish Chandra from attending the match-fixing hearing in Singapore today.
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria feels that a letter of protest should be sent to BWF, demanding that Jadadish be allowed to attend the second day of the hearing at the Jen Tanglin Hotel on Orchard Road today.
"We are disappointment and surprised by BWF's decision to revoke Jadadish's pass as an observer this morning. The chairman of the independent panel claimed that Jadadish had revealed information about the hearing to the media,” said Norza today.
"First of all, I believe that we have always respected BWF and their processes. What Jadadish told the media was within his capacity as an observer and nothing more.
"We have always supported BWF and having Jadadish as an observer during the hearing is another way of helping the world of badminton combat match-fixing. Bear in mind that the two suspects involved are Malaysians.
"Having Jadadish at the hearing is important, because as I had mentioned earlier, he will come back here to brief the Rules and Discipline committee on his findings. Chairman Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunos is then supposed to present the committee's plans in fighting the crime here.
"We are not at all happy with BWF's decision. I have informed Datuk Ng Chin Chai (BAM secretary general) and general manager Michelle Chai to quickly send a letter of protest to BWF.”
After attending the first day of hearing yesterday. Jadadish was informed by BWF CEO Stuart Borrie that his pass as an observer was revoked after the chairperson of the three-men independent panel received objections from the players’ lawyers.
It is learnt that the lawyers were unhappy with Jadadish's decision to speak to the media.
Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli and 2010 Thomas Cupper Tan Chun Seang were seen at the hotel on both days to attend the hearing.