This week the Badminton Association of Malaysia announced that they've suspended a junior player for a period of four months because he was found to have partaken in gambling.
The was set to join his countrymates for the World Junior Championships in Canada from November, but he will be staying home while the event takes place. Additionally, the player is being asked to take a break from his training and his allowance has been yanked for the period. He reportedly has an internet gambling addiction and is in bad enough to where he owes people money.
Speaking about the ban, BAM Development Committee Chairman David Wee said, "An inquiry comprising Jadadish Chandra (member of the rules and discipline committee), Taupik Hussain (assistant secretary) and myself found this player guilty and suspended him.
"We had to be tough. This decision is in accordance with the BAM's philosophy of zero tolerance of gambling and smoking in the national team."
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Resource: Responsible Gaming Assistance