LONDON (Reuters) – Police are investigating allegations of attempted match-fixing in badminton after two leading Danish professionals alerted the authorities.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed on Monday that it has reported the incidents to police and would be co-operating in an on-going investigation.
Two of Denmark’s leading players, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Kim Astrup, told the BWF through its betting “whistle blower” system that they were approached in June and invited to conspire with others to fix matches.
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) said the players, world number nine singles player Vittinghus and men’s doubles number 22 Astrup, were approached by a Malaysian man through
Facebook just before the Japan Open in June.
DR reported that Vittinghus rejected the offer immediately, reported it to the BWF and asked the organisation to open an investigation.