The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), Taiwan’s basketball governing body, on Tuesday said that it has handed lifetime bans to 10 players accused of game-fixing and breaches of betting rules.
In a statement on Tuesday, the CTBA said it has revoked the registration of nine former players from the semi-professional Super Basketball League’s (SBL) Yulon Lexgen Dinos and one from the Taiwan Beer Leopards of the professional T1 League.
The nine former Dinos players are Ko Min-hao (柯旻豪), Chiu Chung-po (邱忠博), Chen Pin-chuan (陳品銓), Huang Hsuan-min (黃鉉閔), Wu Yu-jen (吳祐任), Chou Wei-chen (周暐宸), Yen Wen-tso (顏聞佐), Lee Chi-en (李其恩), and Senegalese center Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Sarr, the association said.
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Meanwhile, the former Leopards player is Lo Chen-feng (羅振峰), the association added.
Following a disciplinary review, the CTBA said it had banned the 10 players for life from playing in any association-affiliated leagues.
The players are also barred from entering the premises of any team playing in a CTBA-affiliated league, the association added.
Discussions on whether to ban the players from being coaches, referees or agents in Taiwan are ongoing, the association said.
On Saturday, prosecutors investigating game-fixing issued a request to detain former Dinos player Ko incommunicado and it was approved by the Shilin District Court.
Ko is being held incommunicado, while the eight other Dinos players were released on bail ranging from NT$100,000 to NT$300,000 after questioning.
Meanwhile, the association said it had temporarily suspended Chen Ching-huan (陳靖寰) of the T1 League’s Tainan TSG GhostHawks.
On Nov. 1, the GhostHawks said it had asked Chen to take a leave of absence as it investigated possible breaches of the league’s betting rules.
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