KUALA LUMPUR: The grapevine has it that the two Malaysian shuttlers, implicated in match-fixing, will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), if the verdict by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is not in their favour.
A reliable source close to the BWF said an official statement on the verdict will be issued this week and that they will likely be found guilty.
Under BWF rules, a player can be banned for life if found guilty of match-fixing.
“From what I have heard, the two players will challenge the BWF's decision at the CAS (in Lausanne).
“Both are keeping a very low profile in hope for a positive outcome... you can’t see or hear them talking to anyone about anything,” said the source.
Both the players have got six charges of match-fixing in tournaments between 2013-2016 against them, after a report was lodged to the BWF by a non-Malaysian shuttler in 2016.
The BWF then appointed a three-man independent panel, which held a two-day hearing in Singapore recently.
The world governing body have so far not officially named the two players called up for the hearing.
However, former world junior champion (2011) Zulfadli Zulkiffli and 2010 Thomas Cupper Tan Chun Seang were seen attending the hearing.
"It doesn't look good for them. I believe the BWF will ban the two," added the source.
On whether the world body would call for a press conference, the source said: "I don't think so, they would probably just put up an official announcement on their website.”