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Indonesian badminton association to screen shuttlers to avoid match-fixing

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, January 24, 2021   /  02:50 pm
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PBSI secretary-general Eddy Soekarno (left) met with some of the Indonesian shuttlers punished by the BWF for their involvement in match-fixing. The meeting was held at the PBSI's training center in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Jan. 11.(Kompas.com/PBSI)

The recent blow dealt to the Indonesian badminton society by a group of Indonesian shuttlers involved in match-fixing practices at low-level tournaments, as announced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), has prompted the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) to get more involved in screening players. The idea is that background checks would strengthen efforts to monitor players and avoid match-fixing. “We are mulling [options] right now, including the possibility to expand our role during the registration to badminton tournaments. We need to act immediately, as this will seriously taint our reputation,’ PBSI spokesman Broto Happy told The Jakarta Post recently. However, Broto also said that the PBSI would need the BWF to tighten regulations, such as by increasing rank requirements for low-key tournaments, so that not all players would be able to participate in ...