KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — National singles coach Datuk Misbun Sidek fears match-fixing allegations involving Malaysian shuttlers tarnishes the country’s image.
Former Asian champion Misbun questioned the need to take bribes when shuttlers earn enough to live a comfortable life.
“It’s unacceptable,” blasted Misbun.
“This is truly shameful and their act puts our nation in a bad light.
“Players should put their country first.
“Our shuttlers are well-paid. What more do they need?”
The 57-year-old, who returned to the national fold in July, also warned shuttlers under him to stay away from such practice.
On Tuesday, world governing body BWF revealed two Malaysian shuttlers were being investigated for match-fixing.
The shuttlers are also being probed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
They are yet to be named but have been provisionally suspended.
Both are expected to attend a BWF hearing in Singapore before the end of this month.
If proven guilty, the independent shuttlers could be handed life bans.