李雪芮斩获冠军 —— 2018Yonex美国公开赛回顾

李雪芮斩获冠军 —— 2018Yonex美国公开赛回顾

李雪芮又向重回世界顶尖水平迈进了一步,上周日在2018Yonex美国公开赛上战胜了本土选手张蓓雯赢得了女单冠军。

这是自里约奥运会受伤并经历了一段恢复期后最大的一胜。今年4月,她参加了复出首战中国陵水大师赛,并赢得了冠军,那是一项汇丰世界巡回赛超级100赛,但是她也在五月的道达尔BWF尤伯杯的比赛中和中国队的队友一起尝到了失利的苦涩。美国公开赛是一项世界巡回赛超级300赛,冠军头衔将为它带来高达7000个冠军积分。

上周日在美国富勒顿,李雪芮在与张蓓雯的决赛首局中惜败,此后她在比赛中打得很强势,战胜了印度赛冠军,两人激战1小时,最后的比分定格在24-26 21-15 21-11。

头号种子张蓓雯在半决赛中以20-22 23-21 21-13战胜了卫冕冠军、日本的大堀彩,在晋级过程中,李雪芮则阻击了去年的亚军加拿大人李文珊,比赛的比分为21-17 21-17。在本次比赛中,李雪芮面对的是一个困难重重的签表,在第二轮比赛中战胜了2号种子日本人佐藤冴香,然后又在四分之一决赛中击败了韩国人金效旻。

韩国的李东根拿到了2015年11月全州Victor韩国大师赛后最有分量的一个冠军头衔,他在决赛中以14-21 21-17 21-16战胜了荷兰人马克·卡尔朱。

在男单首轮中,李东根在赢下首局,第二局领先时收到了头号种子中国球员林丹的退赛大礼,在半决赛与泰国的科希特的比拼中艰难取胜(21-19 15-21 21-18)。卡尔朱则在晋级过程中成功挑落了印度人贾亚拉姆(21-13 23-21)。

中国的汤金华/于小含为中国队拿到了第二金,两人在女双决赛中以19-21 21-13 21-15战胜了韩国的金慧贞/金昭映。

头号种子福万尚子/与犹胡桃在半决赛中以21-17 16-21 17-21不敌这对韩国组合。

马来西亚的陈炳顺/吴柳萤也找到了胜利的节奏,在击败了(21-19 21-15)德国的塞德尔/埃弗勒后摘下了混双冠军。

年轻组合欧烜屹/任翔宇此后为中国队拿到了第三块金牌,他们在压轴登场的男双决赛中摘冠。中国的非种子组合以爆冷的方式开启了本次美国赛之旅,一上来就战胜了4号种子德国的拉姆斯富斯/塞德尔,在决赛中他们以21-17 21-14击败了韩国的姜珉赫/金元昊。

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Li Xuerui Captures Crown – 2018 Yonex US Open: Review

Li Xuerui Captures Crown – 2018 Yonex US Open: Review

Li Xuerui took another step towards regaining her place among the world’s elite, winning the 2018 Yonex US Open yesterday beating home player Beiwen Zhang.

This is the biggest victory Li has had since her comeback from an injury suffered at the Rio Olympics 2016. In her first comeback event in April this year, she won the Lingshui China Masters – a HSBC World Tour Super 100 event, but had a disappointing time during China’s TOTAL BWF Uber Cup campaign in May. The US Open, a World Tour Super 300 event – will give her 7000 points for her title victory.

In Fullerton yesterday, qualifier Li fought off a narrow loss in the opening game to Zhang, before coming back strongly to beat the India Open champion, 24-26 21-15 21-11 in an hour.

Top seed Zhang had earlier beaten defending champion Aya Ohori (Japan) in a close semi-final, 20-22 23-21 21-13, while Li got the better of last year’s runner-up Michelle Li (Canada), 21-17 21-17. Li had a tough draw, fighting past second seed Sayaka Sato (Japan) in the second round and Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in the quarter-finals.

Korea’s Lee Dong Keun won his biggest title since the Jeonju Victor Korea Masters in November 2015, seeing off the threat of Dutchman Mark Caljouw 14-21 21-17 21-16.

Lee, who beat top seed Lin Dan (China) in the opening round, survived a difficult semi-final against Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab, 21-19 15-21 21-18, while Caljouw beat India’s Ajay Jayaram, 21-13 23-21.

China added a second gold when Tang Jinhua/Yu Xiaohan outplayed Korea’s Kim Hye Jeong/Kim So Yeong 18-21 21-13 21-15 in the Women’s Doubles final.

Top seeds Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao were beaten in the semi-finals by Kim/Kim 17-21 21-16 21-17.

Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying returned to winning ways, capturing the Mixed Doubles title over Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel/Linda Efler, 21-19 21-15.

China won a third title on the day through young Men’s Doubles duo Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu, who emerged victorious in Men’s Doubles in the last match of the tournament. The unseeded Chinese started their campaign with an upset over fourth seeds Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel (Germany) and went on to beat Korea’s Kang Min Hyuk/Kim Won Ho in the final, 21-17 21-14.

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China’s Young Heroes – Thomas Cup Review

China’s Young Heroes – Thomas Cup Review

China’s young generation came good on the big stage to help their team recapture the Thomas Cup six years after China last lifted the trophy.

In Shi Yuqi and the Men’s Doubles pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, China found their heroes.

Nine-time winners China arrived in Bangkok for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 secure in the knowledge that they had, on paper, the strongest team of the 16. With Olympic champion Chen Long as spearhead, and World champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng, All England winner Shi Yuqi, and Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen to follow; and five-time World champion Lin Dan as the most reliable fifth-match player a team could have, China looked solid in all departments.

On the other hand, this edition of the Thomas Cup had several teams with all-round depth. Defending champions and top seeds Denmark, for instance, arrived with a mostly unchanged squad from the one that won the tournament two years ago. Japan, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei too have enjoyed success in singles and doubles in recent years, while Hong Kong and Thailand looked capable of springing upsets against more fancied opponents.

Having qualified with ease to the quarter-finals, China’s first big test was expected to be Chinese Taipei. However, the Chinese powered past their rivals dropping just a game; after Chen Long provided the opening, Zhang/Liu held off Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang in a close contest before Shi Yuqi edged past Wang Tzu Wei.

Shi again proved his mettle the following day, in the semi-finals against Indonesia. The All England champion was steadiness personified against Jonatan Christie, and his victory set up the tie for Li/Liu to storm past Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan. The veteran Indonesians are renowned for their mastery of the serve-return and net situations, but Li and Liu did not allow them any breathing space up front, and despite losing the first game, stepped on the gas in the second and third, with the Indonesians unable to repel their fierce attack. The manner of their victory was a signal that China were going into the final with all engines running smoothly.

Japan got the start they wanted in the final with Kento Momota’s masterly display against Chen Long. World champions Zhang/Liu outclassed Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko to get China back into the contest.

Shi Yuqi once again stepped up to the plate and with commendable assurance, stopped Kenta Nishimoto in his tracks.

Japan fielded the scratch combination of Keigo Sonoda and Yuta Watanabe against Li and Liu – and it worked brilliantly for them. The Japanese were electric in the opening game, and it took all of Li and Liu’s skills to rein them in. With two match points, Watanabe and Sonoda nearly took Japan to a fifth match, but Li and Liu showed they had finally matured into world-beaters, staying calm during the storm to steer China through. China’s young guns had steered the ship to safely.

And while Japan went down, in their spirited display they made a grand impression. They had come through the toughest group of the four – Group C – against Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany – dropping just two matches on the way.

The semi-final against Denmark was an engrossing tie. Momota can well claim to be the best player in the world at the moment as he dispatched World champion Viktor Axelsen 21-17 21-9. Denmark, missing Carsten Mogensen, fielded Mathias Boe and Mads Conrad-Petersen against Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and the new combination clicked.

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus was Denmark’s hero during their title victory in 2016, but Kenta Nishimoto was the better player on the day as he closed out the contest 21-19 21-12.

Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen took the tie to the fifth match. Jan O Jorgensen’s experience was expected to favour him against Kanta Tsuneyama, but the match turned out differently, with Jorgensen unable to contain the attacking Tsuneyama. The defending champions were out of the tournament.

A lot of the credit for Japan’s performance went, deservingly, to Momota, who capped a sensational comeback from suspension. Momota continued from where he left in Wuhan – he won the Asian title in April – winning all his six matches in Bangkok.

Another player who led his team admirably was Lee Chong Wei. The veteran was once again the rock for his team, winning all three of his matches, including the group match against Viktor Axelsen, in which he started out with spellbinding speed before relying on his craft to fashion a 21-9 21-19 victory. He followed that up by beating Anthony Ginting in the quarter-finals to put Malaysia ahead, but the rest of his team couldn’t quite keep up.

Hosts Thailand, in Group B with Indonesia, Korea and Canada, couldn’t match the sensational display of their Uber Cup team, failing to progress past the group stage. The tie that cost the Thais dearly was against Korea, as they went down 3-2.

Of the other teams, France did well to qualify for the quarter-finals, finishing second in Group A, ahead of India and Australia.

Group C was reckoned to be the ‘group of death’, with Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany. While Germany did finish last in the group, they gave a good account of themselves, losing narrowly to Hong Kong 3-2, and taking a point off Japan (4-1). Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel will look back with some happy memories, as they beat Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei/Or Chin Chung, both in close finishes.

Ahmad/Natsir To Skip Title Defence

Ahmad/Natsir To Skip Title Defence

Reigning World champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir will not be defending their title in Nanjing. The Indonesian Mixed Doubles duo (featured image) have declined their invitation to the year’s biggest individual event in Phase 2 of the qualifying process.

A few other prominent Mixed Doubles pairs too have declined their invitations. Last year’s runners-up Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen (China); Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto; Korea’s Seo Seung Jae/Kim Ha Na and Choi SolGyu/Chae YuJung too have declined. However, some of these players have qualified with other partners. Zheng Siwei, for instance, has qualified with Huang Yaqiong, while Praveen Jordan has accepted his qualification with Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

Among the reserves who are eligible in Phase 2 are England’s Ben Lane/Jessica Pugh (No.27); Denmark’s Mikkel Mikkelsen/Mai Surrow (No.35); Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao/Chiang Kai Hsin (No.37); Denmark’s Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Line Kjaersfeldt (No.41); Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Pacharapun Chochuwong (No.44); Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun/Chen Hsiao Huan (No.48) and Thailand’s Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai (No.49).

Few of the top qualified players or pairs in any other category have declined.

In Women’s Doubles, the fast-improving Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto, who shot to World No.11 from No.45 within a year, have qualified as the first reserves.

Japan can count on a powerful armada in Women’s Doubles with Nagahara and Matsumoto, semi-finalists at the Yonex All England earlier this year, joining their compatriots Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi; Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto for the 30 July-5 August event in Nanjing.

Other eligible Women’s Doubles pairs in the reserves’ list include Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Chang Ye Na (No.28); Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (No.32); Malaysia’s Soong Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi (No.37); young Chinese duo Du Yue/Xu Ya (No.42); Thailand’s Savitree Amitrapai/Pacharapun Chochuwong (No.43) and Denmark’s Julie Finne-Ipsen/Rikke Soby.

Korean pairs Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee; Kim Hye Rin/Yoo Chae Ran and Chae YuJung/Kim So Yeong, Russia’s Olga Morozova/Anastasia Chervykova; England’s Lauren Smith/Sarah Walker; Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan/Tse Ying Suet and England’s Chloe Birch/Jessica Pugh have declined their invitations.

The Women’s Singles quota of 48 places has been filled in Phase 2. Japan’s Aya Ohori, World No.14, is first reserve and will qualify in case of a withdrawal before the draw.

In Men’s Singles, three players have become eligible from the reserves’ list. Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Yen Hao (No.26) has qualified as first reserve, as have Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (second reserve) and India’s Sameer Verma (third reserve).

Chinese Taipei had more reason to cheer as No.14 pair Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng qualified as first reserves in Men’s Doubles. They will join compatriots Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin; Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang and Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han, who had qualified in earlier phases.

Last year’s World Championships runners-up Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro, who are with different partners now, have declined their invitation, as have Korea’s Kim Won Ho/Seo Seung Jae, and England’s Peter Briggs/Tom Wolfenden and Ben Lane/Sean Vendy.

Reserve pairs who have stepped into the vacated spots include Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/David Daugaard (No.22); Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan/Hardianto Hardianto (No.25); Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong (No.28); Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe (No.29); China’s Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong (No.30) and Thailand’s Bodin Issara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (No.31).

YOG Mascot #Pandi Launched

YOG Mascot #Pandi Launched

The Youth Olympic Games mascot #Pandi was launched by the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee last week. Inspired by the jaguar, one of the most emblematic wild cat species found in northern Argentina, the mascot aims to inspire youth to embrace sport as a tool to make the world a better place, while raising awareness about the species’ risk of extinction.

The mascot’s name has a hashtag at the beginning to demonstrate its strong online profile. The jaguar, found in Argentina’s northern region, is in great danger due to human causes. Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have warned about the risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of their natural habitat and hunting.

In the animated short, the young jaguar doesn’t give up when faced with challenges as it tries to reach the ribbons with colours that symbolise Buenos Aires 2018.

During the race it uses the positive energy of the sports found on the Youth Olympic programme to overcome all kinds of obstacles.

Exhaustion can’t get in the way of its final goal, to reach the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, where it’s embraced by the ribbons to become the mascot for the third summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

With perseverance and the festive spirit it reveals upon reaching its goal, #Pandi symbolises the desire for Buenos Aires 2018, the first edition of an Olympic celebration with strict gender equality, to serve as an important source of inspiration to build a better world through sport.

“Like the young athletes that give their best to qualify for the Games, the Buenos Aires 2018 mascot overcomes all types of adversity to reach its goals,” said the president of the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee, Gerardo Werthein.

The Olympic mascots are ambassadors to the Games and play a fundamental role in spreading the event’s message and the Olympic values of friendship, respect, and excellence among different audiences, especially children and youth.

BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council will formally propose a suite of changes to enhance the sport at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members in May.

These recommendations are being made to ensure badminton – which has enjoyed a steady rise in key areas in recent years – remains competitive in the fast-paced, cutting-edge sports-entertainment industry.

At its meeting last November, the BWF Council endorsed a package of initiatives which aims to build significant value for badminton. Some of these have already been introduced and the recent launch of the HSBC BWF World Tour is another platform to roll out more of these upgrades and enhancements. The BWF Council’s primary focus is to optimise the presentation of badminton at the highest level. BWF has a strategic, 360-degree approach that covers these elements:

  • Enriching fan experience – attracting new fans
  • Raising the profiles of stars and emerging talent
  • Increasing the commercial value of badminton
  • Strengthening badminton’s global recognition as a cutting-edge sport
  • Enhancing the quality of its broadcast product
  • Innovating competition rules

A special edition of BWF’s newsletter Shuttle World has been circulated publicly, outlining the BWF Council’s rationale, including the goal of building greater suspense in badminton; shortening the length of matches and reducing physical and mental stress on players. Under the banner Enhancing Badminton’s Future, the document also highlights other considerations regarding boosting badminton’s commercial value and sports presentation. This information has also been condensed into an executive summary and a pictorial (below).

In an accompanying letter to BWF’s 189 member associations, BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer noted BWF cannot afford to rest on the successes it has reaped – but rather needs to be bolder and to go further in innovation.

Among the main enhancements that require the AGM’s endorsement are:

  • A new and enhanced scoring system of 5 to 11.
  • A reduction in on-court coaching.
  • A service-law change to introduce a fixed height for serves.

Changing the scoring system – with specific focus on elite international tournaments – is an essential part of this strategic, multi-dimensional plan to innovate our competition rules.

“Our aim is to enhance and enrich our sport with wide-ranging initiatives that will realise badminton’s vast global potential; taking it to unprecedented heights in all spheres.

“We must continue attracting and exciting fans – fans who have countless, amazing choices in a competitive global sports market.

It’s time for change: time to bring in new peaks, more excitement and increase broadcast and fan appeal,” said Høyer, urging his colleagues “to embrace change and do what is best for badminton”.

Please see related documents attached here: Enhancing Badminton’s Future.

Høyer Accepts SPIA Gold Award

Høyer Accepts SPIA Gold Award

Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Høyer on Sunday accepted the Gold Award for BWF from SPIA Asia for the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’.

The award was announced at the 3rd SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference in Bangkok on 9 November 2017. Høyer received the prize from Eric M Gottschalk (featured image; right), CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organiser of SPIA Asia, at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.

BWF won the Gold Award over nine other nominees: International Tennis Federation (UK); International Cricket Council (UAE); Spartan Race (USA); ONE Championship (Singapore); FC Bayern Munich (China); United Arab Emirates Ju Jitsu Federation (UAE); Ultimate Fighting Championship (USA); Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (Switzerland), and Peter Burwash International (USA). Spartan Race won silver, while UFC won bronze.

BWF was also nominated for two other awards. The Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016 was nominated for ‘Best International Sporting Event Sanctioned by an International Federation’, while Shuttle Time Dubai was nominated in the ‘Best Youth Development Program of the Year’ category.

The Awards Gala was held at the end of a two-day conference (6 and 7 November 2017) which was attended by more than 300 delegates and 20 international speakers from various industry sectors. There were 17 Asian and six Thai award categories, and winners were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their achievements and contributions to the sports industry over the last 12 months.

The Sports Business Conference, titled ‘The Business of Sports –  Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane III’ – has been held annually since 2015 to celebrate the brands, agencies, marketers and organisations that influence the sporting landscape in Asia. The conference was endorsed and supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Sports Authority Thailand, and the Tourism Authority Thailand.

In the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’ category, entries were accepted from those sporting bodies that have a presence or reach in at least 15 countries, and with active grassroots programmes, talent development, regular competitions, and with a global fan base. The Awards Committee was composed of selected experts representing various fields of the sporting industry.

“The standard of award submissions and competition has been exceptionally high this year,” said Eric M Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organiser of SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference 2017. “Having started with almost 400 entries, all were subject to a fair and transparent judging process that culminated with thorough appraisals by a panel of 20 experts. In many categories the scoring was extremely close and the bronze, silver and gold winners announced at the SPIA Asia Awards Gala should be very proud of their achievement.”

Yamaguchi Wins Desert Classic – Singles Finals: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017

Yamaguchi Wins Desert Classic – Singles Finals: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017

Viktor Axelsen brought down the curtains on the event where his year-long stellar run began – the Dubai World Superseries Finals – with his fourth Superseries crown today.

The Dane outplayed Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in an 84-minute long Men’s Singles final, 19-21 21-19 21-15. Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi had earlier claimed the Women’s Singles crown in the most engrossing of the five finals, beating India’s Pusarla V Sindhu 15-21 21-12 21-19.

For the second time this year, Pusarla finished second-best to a Japanese in a major final that turned out to be a classic.

And just as Nozomi Okuhara outlasted the Indian in the TOTAL BWF World Championships final earlier this year in a 110-minute marathon, Okuhara’s compatriot Yamaguchi displayed the same sterling qualities in breasting the tape ahead of Pusarla in 94 minutes.

Yamaguchi’s triumph was the finest moment of her still-young career; the magnificence of her victory accentuated by the grandness of the stage on which she delivered it.

From the beginning, it was apparent that this was a contestation of warriors with contrasting qualities and approaches. Pusarla had the heavy artillery, and she pounded Yamaguchi’s fortifications without let-up during the early exchanges. With her lanky frame helping her deliver sharp clips and full-blooded smashes on either flank of her diminutive opponent, Pusarla was up and running before Yamaguchi got to grips with the attacking Indian.

The match took on a different character once the Japanese found her length. The nagging accuracy of the deep tosses began to hurt Pusarla; Yamaguchi dragged her back and forth across the court, making her lunge an extra step to reach the hairpin netshots that she conjured. Yamaguchi’s defences in better order, it was she who dictated the direction and tempo of every rally.

Pusarla’s attack had been blunted with stodgy defence; the hunter, had, in effect, been forced into a battle of attrition with the hunted. Denied the opportunities for the outright kill, Pusarla was caught in a reactive mode, but still showed great character to hang in.

Given the long drawn-out exchanges, there were sudden shifts in momentum. Yamaguchi was on a good run early in the third, only to lose patience and attempt to finish the rallies quickly, which played right into Pusarla’s hands; the Indian inched ahead at 13-9. Yamaguchi returned to type, and the match took on the contours of the famous battle between Okuhara and Pusarla not so long ago. On one occasion, with both sprawled on the floor after another excruciating rally, the crowd honoured them with a standing ovation.

At the very end, a couple of soft errors from Pusarla gave Yamaguchi the breathing space she needed. A final error from Pusarla drew curtains on her challenge.

Unusually for her, the Indian teared up while describing the heartbreak of another loss in a major final: “Of course, it’s really hard. The same thing happened in the World Championships. I have to let it go, it was a good week overall. I’d like to congratulate her. It happens.”

Yamaguchi, in her understated manner, acknowledged that this was the high point of her career: “This is the biggest moment. I’m happy I recovered from my defeat to her in the group match. That it was such a challenging match and to win through that is an incredible achievement. There were long rallies, but I was leading at the end, that gave me confidence. I knew she was getting slower at the end, but I knew she had enough energy to move quickly.”

Axelsen Outlasts Lee

Axelsen, younger and hungrier, wore down Lee. The Malaysian had his chances to take the match in the second, having erased a 14-19 deficit. Two mistakes at the critical point let him down.

Lee had been the more creative of the two, but Axelsen scrambled around and kept the points going, and his older opponent flagged with each lengthening rally.

The third game was all Axelsen’s; with both players unable to score quick smash winners, Lee opted for placement and high clears; he needed to convert the sudden openings, but the final touch deserted him. Axelsen refused to let his foot off the pedal, and there was an air of inevitability about the result early in the third even though Lee got to within a few points.

“In the second game he had a big lead, I got close but at 19-all I made a mistake on serve,” said Lee. “Viktor played better – he is younger. He was fast and was attacking all the way. He was quite confident.”

The champion, having completed his second victory in Dubai, could only marvel at his run of form: “Amazing feeling. I feel pretty awesome, to be honest, especially after such an amazing game. It’s what you dream of when you start off playing badminton as a kid. After losing the first game I tried to put on the positive glasses, so to say. I knew I had to work hard and I did that. I’m proud that I kept my cool and could go all the way.

“I seem to play pretty well here in Dubai. The tournament has been pretty good. Winning here kickstarted it all for me, and to win two titles here was great.”

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Korea Light Up Gold Coast

Korea Light Up Gold Coast

As one of the most remarkable badminton stories played out in Gold Coast yesterday, the question on most minds was – how had the Koreans done it?

A team that was, on paper, the weakest of the traditional powerhouses, and with several of their great doubles stars having either retired recently or chosen to stay away, had pulled off one of the biggest surprises in badminton history. The TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 couldn’t have hoped for a more climactic finish on its debut in Oceania.

New head coach Kang Kyung Jin had given a hint at the beginning of the tournament of what he expected of his team.

“We’re hoping to make the final,” he’d said, but few took notice. After all, there were other teams with greater depth, balance, and more crucially, experience. The Koreans had arrived in Gold Coast with a clutch of teenagers. The vehicle essentially had to move on three wheels – Son Wan Ho in Men’s Singles, Sung Ji Hyun in Women’s Singles, and Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee in Women’s Doubles. Any other victory would be a bonus.

And yet, with Son Wan Ho unavailable for the final, it was a tribute to the Koreans’ spirit that Choi Solgyu and Chae Yoo Jung turned the tables on the super-achieving Mixed Doubles Chinese pair, Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, who flailed about in a torrent of nervous errors.

“When we started we were asked about our Men’s Doubles, and we were called a weak team, said Kang. “We tried to build our team spirit. We were in it together, and we believed we could do it.”

At the other end of the spectrum, China’s doubles coach Zhang Jun struggled to make sense of the abject collapse of their two heralded pairs.

“I think it was a combination of pressure and tiredness,” Zhang said. “Chen Qingchen played two matches in the semi-final; the second match finished quite late and there was no time to recover. We finished our team meeting only by 2am. But we decided to persist with Chen and Jia Yifan because they had good results against the Korean pair (Chang and Lee).”

China’s singles coach Xia Xuanze sought to explain the outcome as a result of the ongoing changes in the management of the team.

“We have a new structure and a new approach, with a lot of young players,” said Xia. “We tried some new strategies. We’re facing stronger opponents than ever before. We were pushed hard in the semi-final by Japan. It’s a good thing for us, as we will motivate ourselves to work even harder.”

Korea’s victory of the World Mixed Team Championships after 14 years promises the start of a new chapter for the country and for world badminton. It has been long since Korea savoured success in a team event, or even in multiple categories at the World Superseries or BWF World Championships. Head coach Kang and his team got the best possible start they could have hoped for with a young squad.

“This is a miracle,” Kang said. “Perhaps we will get more attention and more funding now. This can be a turning point for Korean badminton.”

European Resurgence in Rio

European Resurgence in Rio

Carolina Marin & Fernando RivasWith a haul of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, Rio saw Europe’s best-ever badminton performance at the Olympics.

It was not merely in the medals tally, but in the manner of their performances, that Europe made a statement.

Carolina Marin (featured image) went where no other European Women’s Singles player before her had, claiming the title without ever being threatened. The Spaniard has now won all of the major finals she’s been in; her speedy, take-no-prisoners brand of badminton is the new standard which her contemporaries will have to match. Considering the constraints she has had to train under – the limitations of sparring partners, for instance –  her success will no doubt inspire other hopefuls across Europe.

Her coach Fernando Rivas promised “a new Carolina” before the competition in Rio began, and that was exactly what he delivered: a super-confident Marin, unencumbered by her relative lack of success in the MetLife BWF World Superseries season this year. Rivas had spoken about having tailored a training regimen for her that is apparently different from Asian systems; will her success inspire similar innovation across the badminton world in developing unique systems for individuals?Logo

“It is more than a medal because of everything behind the medal. I have the best team behind me, they helped me a lot and were amazing,” said Marin.

What must hearten Europe was that their success wasn’t of a single country, or in a single category.

Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl came within a heartbeat of a gold medal, with a 19-16 lead in the third game of their Women’s Doubles final against Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. The Danes had recovered from their opening defeat to China’s Luo Ying/Luo Yu, getting steadier with each match, and matching their silver medal performance from the TOTAL BWF World Championships last year.

Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl2

“Badminton is getting competitive in all categories,” said Pedersen, after the Danes had beaten Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang in the semi-finals to prevent China from making the Women’s Doubles final for the first time ever. “Before the Olympics, we discussed the possibility that it might not be China this year. It’s good for badminton. China are not dominating like they did four years ago. It could’ve been any of six or seven pairs in the final – luckily, it’s us.”

Selena Piek and Eefje Muskens performed creditably too, making the quarter-finals after finishing second in Group A. The Dutch pair beat India’s Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa and Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in their group before going down in three games to Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan in the quarter-finals.

Viktor Axelsen & Rajiv Ouseph

Viktor Axelsen lived up to pre-tournament expectations with a bronze medal in Men’s Singles. The Dane finished strongly, beating two-time champion Lin Dan in the bronze medal play-off, but he was a shade below his best in his semi-final against Chen Long.

That he was able to bounce back after his semi-final disappointment and win a podium place augurs well for the Dane and for Europe, since he is only 22 and has come close several times to winning the big titles.

Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan SozonovGreat Britain’s Rajiv Ouseph, who ran into Axelsen in the quarter-finals, too had a strong run. Ouseph’s standout performance was his three-game pre-quarter-final defeat over the stubborn Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, after group wins over Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal and Japan’s Sho Sasaki.

“My loss in London (Olympics) stayed with me for a long time,” said Ouseph, when asked about his form. “I’ve worked very hard in training, obviously that experience (from London 2012) has helped me. I’ve been getting better and believing in myself and beating some top players has helped me against these guys.”

Other Europeans who stole the headlines in the opening week included Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina, with her upset of India’s Saina Nehwal; Estonia’s Kati Tolmoff, who shocked Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin; Ireland’s Scott Evans, a surprise winner over Germany’s Marc Zwiebler, and Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri, who made the Round of 16 beating Great Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour.

Europe also had big gains in Men’s Doubles. Yonex All England champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov finished on top of Group A beating top seeds Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (Korea), Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin (Chinese Taipei) and Matthew Chau/Sawan Serasinghe (Australia). The Russians had their chances in their quarter-final against China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei, going down in a tight match: 21-13 16-21 21-16.

But it was Chris Langridge/Marcus Ellis who created the most ripples in the category. The Great Britain pair, whose last impressive performance was at the BWF World Championships a year ago, shot back into prominence with an upset in their first match, over Korea’s Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang. Victory over Poland’s Adam Cwalina/Przemyslaw Wacha saw them through to the quarter-finals, where they surprised Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa.

Missed chances cost them dear in their semi-final loss to China’s Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng, but they were able to put that loss behind them in their bronze medal play-off against another Chinese pair, Chai Biao/Hong Wei. The third game won comfortably at 21-10, Langridge and Ellis were able to command the attention of the British press.

Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge

“It’s been a surreal week,” said Ellis, who explained that all the hard training at Milton Keynes was finally bearing fruit.

“We weren’t expected to get a medal. Coming here performing the way we have, beating the pairs we have is amazing. I don’t think we’ve performed like that ever. So to do it on the very biggest stage, the pinnacle of our careers, it is amazing. And I’m so happy we’ve managed to do it together because we have had some ups and downs.”

Chris Adcock & Gabrielle Adcock

If there was disappointment for Europe, it was in Mixed Doubles. That three strong European pairs were in Group B with China’s Xu Chen/Ma Jin had much to do with it, as the quarter-finalists were decided by the slimmest of margins. Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen and Great Britain’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock were unlucky to miss out, while Poland’s Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba surprised everyone by making the quarter-finals.

The stirring run of the Poles made fans sit up and wonder: 40-year-old Mateusiak had shown that badminton was not the exclusive domain of the youthful. In more than one aspect, Europe’s performance in Rio might shape the way badminton is perceived in the immediate future.

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

BWF has listed 7 jobs on its website – 3 for BWF, 3 for Badminton Europe and 1 for Badminton Oceania. See the list of the positions below. Visit the “careers” page for more details (linked here).

  • BWF Technical Officials Manager – deadline 29 June 2018.
  • BWF Marketing Manager – deadline 20 July 2018.
  • BWF Communications Manager – deadline 20 July 2018.
  • Badminton Europe – Senior Manager – Development & High Performance – deadline 25 June 2018.
  • Badminton Europe – Junior Communications Managers (2 positions) – deadline 6 July 2018.
  • Badminton Oceania – Communications & Event Manager – deadline 13 July 2018.

 

Reminders

  • Special Olympics Information (linked here) – Deadline 25 June
  • Research Grant Applications (linked here) – Deadline 10 June
  • Schedule A 2018 (linked here) – Deadline 30 September
Bids – BWF Major Events 2020-2025

Bids – BWF Major Events 2020-2025

The BWF is inviting BWF Members to submit an Expression of Interest with the intention to submit one or more applications to host BWF Major Events in the period 2020 to 2025.  For the complete information and the Request for Proposal Documents and forms, please see the “Application to Host” page of the website (linked here).

The following BWF Major Events are open for application (in total 20 Championships):

  • BWF World Championships (2021, 2022, 2023 and 2025)
  • BWF Thomas/Uber Cup (2020, 2022 and 2024)
  • BWF Sudirman Cup (2021, 2023 and 2025)
  • BWF World Junior Championships (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025)
  • BWF World Senior Championships – including potential festival concept (2021, 2023 and 2025 – 3 Championships).

 

Deadlines

  • 3 August 2018 – Deadline to submit Expression of Interest for BWF Major Events.
  • June to October 2018 – BWF Major Events Consultation Process – including site visits.
  • 19 October 2018 – Deadline to submit applications – received no later than midnight KL time. Members not having expressed an interest by 3 August 2018 can also submit bids!
  • 26 – 30 November 2018 – Council decisions will be based on bids and recommendation to Council follow dialogues in the BWF Major Events Consultation Process. Bidders will be invited to present to Council.
中国小将挑大梁 —— 汤姆斯杯回顾

中国小将挑大梁 —— 汤姆斯杯回顾

中国年轻一代在大赛中的良好表现让中国男队在六年之后再一次捧起了汤姆斯杯。

石宇奇和男双组合李俊慧/刘雨辰在这次汤杯之旅上起到了举足轻重的作用。

九次冠军中国队抵达曼谷参加2018道达尔汤尤杯决赛阶段比赛前,想必一定也认为他们是全部16支参赛队伍中最强的。有奥运冠军谌龙打头阵,还有世锦赛冠军张楠/刘成,全英赛冠军石宇奇,还有李俊慧/刘雨辰,以及五次世锦赛冠军林丹——他是一支队伍能拥有的最可靠的第三单打,中国队在各个环节上都看起来十分稳固。

另一方面,这届汤姆斯杯中还有几个实力十分均衡的队伍。卫冕冠军、头号种子丹麦队就是其中之一,他们几乎沿用了两年前的夺冠阵容。日本队、印度尼西亚队和中华台北队的队员也都在近年的单双打方面都取得过耀眼的成绩。同时中国香港队、泰国队的队员组成很容易激发起人们对他们的想像——在场上给强队制造一些意外。

在轻松晋级了四分之一决赛后,中华台北队是中国队的首个淘汰赛对手,前者被寄希望于给中国队制造一些难题。然而,中国队在仅仅丢掉了一局之后就轻松过关。谌龙在首场比赛中证明了实力,随后张楠/刘成略显艰难的战胜了李哲辉/李洋,紧接着石宇奇又成功阻击了王子维。

石宇奇在第二天的比赛中再一次证明了自己的勇气,那是中国队与印尼队的半决赛。全英赛冠军在与乔纳坦的比赛中打得非常稳定,他的胜利也给此后的比赛注入了能量,李俊慧/刘雨辰随后横扫了阿山/亨德拉。印尼老将以刁钻的接发球和网前球著称,但是李俊慧/刘雨辰没有让对手在前场占到任何便宜,尽管丢掉了首局,但在第二局和第三局中都开足了马力,印尼人凶猛的进攻也被有效的抑制。他们的胜利预示着中国队将顺利进入决赛。

日本队在决赛中取得了理想的开局,桃田贤斗在与谌龙的比赛中打得十分巧妙。世锦赛冠军张楠/刘成战胜了井上拓斗/金子祐树后让中国队与日本队回到了同一起跑线。

石宇奇此后为中国队再下一城,阻击了西本拳太。

日本组合渡边勇大/园田启悟在第四场比赛中成功拖住了对手李俊慧/刘雨辰,他们的战术在中国组合身上很奏效。渡边勇大/园田启悟在首局比赛中有极佳的表现,李俊慧/刘雨辰看起来完全被他们压制住了。在第二局中,日本组合还拿到了两个赛点,差一点就能帮助日本队把比赛拖进第五场,但是李俊慧/刘雨辰最终拿出了绝对顶级的表现,在这场风暴般的比赛中保持冷静,把中国队带向了最后的胜利。

日本队虽然输掉了比赛,但他们展示出的精神力量让人们印象深刻。在小组赛阶段,他们身处最艰难的C组,同组的队伍有中华台北队、中国香港队和德国队,在全部的小组赛中,他们只输掉了两场比赛。

他们在半决赛与丹麦队的对抗也非常引人入胜。当桃田贤斗以21-17 21-9战胜了世锦赛冠军阿萨尔森时,那一刻好像就在向人们宣告他是世界上最强大的球员。摩根森没有随队一起前往曼谷,鲍伊搭档马德斯·佩德森在比赛中迎战嘉村健士/园田启悟。

维汀哈斯在2016年丹麦夺冠时扮演了关键先生,但是西本拳太在那天的比赛中是发挥更好的一方,他以21-9 21-12击败了丹麦人。

阿斯楚普和拉斯姆森把比赛拖进了第五场。约根森希望凭借经验优势抑制住常山干太,但是事情并没有按照他希望中的发展,他没能抵挡住对手的进攻,卫冕冠军也就此停止了前进的步伐。

日本能取得这样的成绩,很大程度上是桃田贤斗的功劳,当年他被禁赛的时候引起了不小的轰动。他的好状态始于武汉亚锦赛,今年四月他在那里赢得了亚锦赛冠军,在曼谷他也赢得了自己的全部六场比赛。

另一个令人钦佩的球员是李宗伟。马来西亚老将再一次扮演了稳定军心的人,在出战的全部三场比赛中都是最后的胜者,包括在小组赛中对阵阿萨尔森,在那场比赛中他以惊人的速度开启了与对手的竞争,最后以21-9 21-19取胜。在四分之一决赛中,他战胜了印尼人金汀,帮助马来西亚取得了领先,但是他的队友在此后的比赛中没能保持住这种优势。

东道主泰国队与印尼队、韩国队和加拿大队同处B组,他们没能拿出泰国女队在尤伯杯那种激动人心的表现,倒在了小组赛阶段。在小组赛中2-3不敌韩国,让他们付出了高昂的代价。

在其他队伍中,法国队取得了不错的成绩,打进了四分之一决赛,他们在A组中拿到了小组第二,排在印度队和澳大利亚队之前。

C组被认为是“死亡之组”,有日本队、中华台北队、中国香港队和德国队。德国队最后小组垫底,但他们在比赛过程中拼尽了全力,最后2-3惜败中国香港,在与日本队的对抗中也拿到了一分(4-1)。拉姆斯富斯/赛德尔回顾这届比赛时会有非常美好的回忆,他们战胜了日本的嘉村健士/园田启悟和中国香港的李晋熙/柯展聪,两场比赛都打得十分接近。

体育科学研究经费开放申请

体育科学研究经费开放申请

体育科学研究津贴 (2018-2019)申请程序现已开放。申请截止日期为2018年8月10日(星期五)。

2018-2019年的研究重点将是羽毛球对健康的益处和伤病预防。参与体育科学研究的机构和个人可以申请与以下领域相关的研究津贴:

-生理学

-生物力学

-运动心理学

-运动分析

-比赛分析

-提高运动表现的途径

-运动人体测量学

-运动损伤/运动损伤预防

-或者是体育科学委员会认可的其他领域

BWF的运动科学委员会有三个主要目标,分别是鼓励和扩大羽毛球应用研究的兴趣和投资;增加教练员和羽毛球运动员可用的科学资料的水平和数量;并为提高顶级教练和运动员表现和运动安全的知识做出贡献。

津贴发放的主要决定因素:

-相关性: 研究课题应该与羽毛球和羽毛球相关领域有较高的相关性和实用性。

-效果: 有益于羽毛球运动员、教练或者其他相关人员。

-独创性: 研究的重点是羽毛球研究的一个新领域,或者为现有的羽毛球研究增加附加价值。

-品质: 具有高质量的研究方案和方法。

-机械视角: 研究人员对这项运动以及羽毛球的现状和相关性存在兴趣。

-直接影响: 研究具有实用性——医疗、训练或者运动表现。

在2018-2019年的津贴申请中,BWF有7万美元的研究经费预算。申请结果将在2018年9月14日之前揭晓,申请人同时也会在同一时间收到通知。

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Sport Science Research Grants Open

Sport Science Research Grants Open

The application process for the Sport Science Research Grants (2018-2019) is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 August 2018.

The focus of research in 2018-2019 will be on the health benefits of badminton and injury prevention. Institutions and individuals involved in sport science research can apply for post-graduate research grants that are related to the following areas of study:

-Physiology

-Biomechanics

-Sports psychology

-Performance analysis

-Match analysis

-High performance pathways

-Sports anthropometry

-Sports injuries/injury prevention

-Or other areas as agreed by the Sport Science Commission

The BWF’s Sport Science Commission has three key goals, which are: to encourage and widen interest and investment in applied research in badminton; to improve the level and quantity of scientific material available to players, coaches and badminton players; and to contribute towards the increased knowledge on performance and safety at the international level – for coaches and players.

The key considerations for awarding the grant will be:

-Relevance: The research question should be relevant and specifically applicable to badminton and the context of badminton;

-Outcomes: Which benefit badminton players, coaches or entourage members;

-Originality: The focus of the research is a new area of research for badminton or adds value to existing research in badminton.

-Quality: The research proposal has a high quality of design and methodology.

-Mechanistic Insight: The researcher has an existing interest in the sport and what is current and relevant for badminton.

-Immediate Impact: The research has as an applied aspect – clinical or training/performance.

The BWF has a research grant budget of $70,000 for the 2018-2019 grant applications. The selection of the proposals will be made by 14 September 2018 and the applicants informed around the same time.

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Research Grants & other Notices

Research Grants & other Notices

1. Research Grants 2018 / 2019 – Applications Open

BWF provides research grants to institutions and individuals to assist in the funding of applied sports science research in badminton. Applications are now open for the 2018 / 2019 cycle. The BWF has a research grant budget of $70,000 for 2018 – 2019. The deadline for applications is 10 August 2018. More information is also available on the BWF Education website (linked here).

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2. Special Olympics

Thank you to all those Members who provided us with information on the relationships with Special Olympics at the national level. We have extended the deadline to reply to 25 June 2018 so we can gather more information. BWF would like to know if your National Badminton Federation has a relationship with Special Olympics at a national level. Please send the answers to the following questions to John Shearer j.shearer@bwfbadminton.org

 Questions

  • What is the name of your Federation?
  • Does your Federation have a relationship with your National Special Olympics organisation?
  • Is the relationship formalised e.g. Signed Agreement/MoU?
  • Has your Federation delivered any of the following programmes to support persons with intellectual disabilities –  Schools/Youth – Clubs –  Competitions –  Unified Badminton
  • Any other relevant information you would like to share.

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3.  Job Opportunities – BWF  |   Badminton Europe

BWF Technical Officials Manager

Reporting to the Senior Technical Events Manager, the Technical Officials (TO) Manager is responsible for the effective implementation of all BWF Technical Officials programmes, and related development activities, including the existing volunteer and semi-professional referee and umpire programmes, educational resources development and production, and helping to build upon existing continental confederation and member association technical officials recruitment, education, training, and development initiatives. Deadline to apply – 29 June 2018.

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Badminton Europe – Senior Manager – Development & High Performance

Badminton Europe is seeking a Senior Manager for a full-time position to join its head office in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Senior Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Development and High Performance areas within Badminton Europe, including oversight of the BEC Centre of Excellence, Development Programmes, Member Structures, Para-Badminton and Women in Badminton. The work will include some travelling and some flexibility in working hours will be required. Deadline to apply – 25 June 2018. Read more / download the advertisement >>>>>

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4.  Office Closures – Public Holiday – Friday 15 June 2018

This is a reminder that the BWF office will be closed on Friday 15 June for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, to celebrate the end of the Ramadan.

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Royal Honour for Sir Craig Reedie

Royal Honour for Sir Craig Reedie

Sir Craig Reedie, former BWF President and current President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has been awarded the prestigious Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for services to sport.

The award is the highest accolade of its kind. In the official citation, Sir Craig is described as “one of the leading global figures in the world of sport” who “has led the fight against doping, tackling high-profile and highly controversial issues across sport”.

Reedie became the 12th President of the then-International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation) in 1981 for a three-year term. He was one of the key figures in ensuring China’s entry into the IBF and the merger of the breakaway World Badminton Federation into its parent body. This paved the way for badminton to become an Olympic sport. Reedie persuaded IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to visit the 1983 World Championships in Copenhagen. The quality of matches that unfolded in Copenhagen convinced Samaranch that badminton was fit to be a medal sport at the Olympics.

Consequently, badminton was included as an exhibition sport at the 1988 Seoul Games and gained full inclusion on the programme at Barcelona in 1992.

Reedie helped bring about the era of the professional player in badminton, and established the Grand Prix circuit in 1983, the forerunner of the World Superseries and today’s HSBC BWF World Tour.

Reedie was closely involved with UK Sport, became Chairman of the British Olympic Committee (1993 to 2005), and has been a member of the IOC since 1994. In January 2014 he became President of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

He was appointed CBE in 1999 and knighted by the Queen in 2013.

Upon receiving the news of his GBE, Reedie said: “This is truly a great honour for me and for WADA. It recognises the important work that we are doing in leading the fight against doping in sport and in protecting clean athletes against cheats. This award is a vote of confidence for everyone within the anti-doping movement, a reminder that our efforts are appreciated and valued by the wider world and that our mission is an important one for society as a whole.”

Each year, on New Year’s Day and on 9 June (the British Queen’s official birthday), a list of those set to receive honours is published by the British government. The most common order into which those being honoured are admitted is the Order of the British Empire, instituted by King George V in 1917 as a way of marking civilian achievement. The GBE is the highest of the six ranks in the order and is presented for exceptional service.