2020年道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛将延期举办,DANISA丹麦公开赛将如期进行

2020年道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛将延期举办,DANISA丹麦公开赛将如期进行

世界羽联在与丹麦羽协进行了商议之后决定,推迟在丹麦奥胡斯举行的2020年道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛。

这一决定是在一些参赛队伍退出道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛以及调整后的汇丰银行世界羽联世界巡回赛欧洲赛季后做出的。

世界羽联几个月来一直与丹麦羽毛球协会合作,为国际羽毛球运动的安全回归做准备。这包括采取各种措施保护所有参与者的健康和安全,比如创建一个安全的羽毛球健康生态系统。

然而,鉴于最近世界各地新冠肺炎相关事态发展,一些球队和个人球员选择不前往丹麦奥胡斯和欧登塞参加比赛,这是世界羽联必须尊重的选择。

这些都是我们所处的特殊情况,虽然恢复国际羽毛球运动仍然是世界羽联的优先事项,但整个羽毛球界的健康和安全是最重要的。

因此,在与利益相关者、商业伙伴和参与协会成员经过漫长的讨论之后,我们意识到举办相关赛事不能达到球迷和所有利益相关者预期中的竞争水平,因此我们决定, 推迟在丹麦奥胡斯举行的2020年道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛。

世界羽联目前仍在找寻其他日期来重新安排汤尤杯比赛,但日期不会早于2021年。

与此同时,原定于10月13日至18日在丹麦欧登塞举行的2020年DANISA丹麦公开赛将按照原计划举办。本次巡回赛还将以落实新冠肺炎相关安全规程和操作规程为契机,推动国际羽毛球运动按计划重启。

原定于10月20日至25日在欧登塞举行的丹麦公开赛Ⅱ将取消,因为目前的状况将不可能再举办这一赛事。

汇丰银行世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季的举办现正进行商议,以探讨举办的可行性。我们将在结果商议好之后作出进一步的更新。

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full consultation and agreement with local host Badminton Denmark, has made the tough decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The decision comes following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour.

BWF, in collaboration with Badminton Denmark, has for many months been preparing for a safe return to international badminton. This includes going to extreme lengths to preserve the health and safety of all participants such as implementing a bubble system to create a safe badminton ecosystem.

However, in view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense; a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.

These are exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and while a return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of utmost importance.

Therefore, after lengthy discussions with key stakeholders, commercial partners and participating Member Associations, it has been realised that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders, and as a result have decided that we will not stage this year’s TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals on the dates 3-11 October 2020.

BWF is looking into possible alternative dates to reschedule the World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, but on dates not before into 2021.

Meanwhile, the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 in Odense, a HSBC BWF World Tour Event, will proceed as originally planned in the BWF Tournament Calendar (13-18 October). The event will also be used as an opportunity to implement relevant COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures for the planned restart of international badminton tournaments.

The second tournament scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slated for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it is no longer feasible to conduct this additional event.

A study into the continued feasibility of the planned Asian leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour (three HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments hosted in an Asian location) is being conducted and BWF will make further announcements as soon as details are clarified.

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele was the Honorary Secretary of the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation) from 1938-1976. In the May 1979 edition of the World Badminton magazine, he revealed how the Thomas Cup came to being. Here’s his story.

As the contest for the Thomas Cup is now exactly 30 years old, its origin may be rather vague to the majority of followers of the game, notably as the conception of the great triennial competition occurred nearly 40 years ago.

It was at a committee meeting on 11 March, 1939, held during the All-England Championships at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London, that the President of the International Badminton Federation, Sir George Thomas stated under “any other business” that he thought the time was then ripe for instituting some sort of international team competition, and that if this was agreed he would be happy to present a suitable trophy.

Then, as now, the All-England Championships was regarded as the principal annual tournament throughout the world, and Sir George’s idea was no doubt stimulated by a Dane and a Malayan each having then reached the semifinal round of the tournament which until only a year beforehand had been almost restricted to English players.

That year an Irish pair won the men’s doubles, and the ladies’ singles went to a Canadian. Players of neither country have, as it happens, yet repeated those successes, but Danes have captured the men’s singles and ladies’ doubles as they did for the first time in that last pre-war meeting.

The committee of the IBF upheld Sir George’s view and recommended to that year’s Annual General Meeting on 5 July that his offer be accepted.

It also appointed a small sub-committee to investigate suitable regulations to apply to the competition, and I was one of the three individuals who met one evening to draft the necessary conditions, which were later approved by the main committee and promptly circulated to the small number of only 15 national organisations then belonging to the Federation for their views.

The Annual Meeting accepted Sir George’s offer and he at once ordered the manufacture of the beautiful trophy which was formally presented to the small gathering which formed the annual meeting of 1940 during the first year of the war.

But then, because of the war and its immediate aftermath, the huge silver-gilt cup spent the next 80 years in some bank vaults.

世界羽联发布2020年汇丰世界巡回赛新赛程——2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛将照常举办

世界羽联发布2020年汇丰世界巡回赛新赛程——2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛将照常举办

世界羽毛球联合会于今日发布“2020年汇丰世界羽联巡回赛”新赛程。

由于新冠疫情的影响,我们当下的主要任务是确保所有参赛人员的健康和安全。我们有信心为汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛的举办创造一个安全的环境,然而,现有巡回赛日程的主要挑战是,我们需要让参与者在不同地区间流动,而每个地区都有着不同的入境和安全限制。因此,考虑到当下的特殊情况,我们决定调整汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛的比赛时间和地点,发布新赛程日历。

此外,在丹麦奥胡斯举行的汤尤杯决赛仍将是国际巡回赛赛程的一部分,并将按原计划于2020年10月3日至11日举办。

因此,在赛程第40周和第41周的汤尤杯决赛结束之后,汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛还将在第42周和第43周,在丹麦的奥德赛进行为期两周的欧洲赛事,即丹麦公开赛I和丹麦公开赛II ,二者均为超级750赛事。

接下来将有两周的过渡时间将所有参赛选手安全转移到亚洲(考虑到必要的隔离期),在第46和47周进行两场超级1000巡回赛,并在第48周进行汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛。这三场亚洲赛事的地点还未确定。

2020世界羽联赛程安排

巡回赛 赛事周期 举办城市 赛事等级
2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛 40-41 丹麦奥胡斯 最高级别赛事
2020丹麦公开赛I 42 丹麦奥德赛 汇丰世界羽联超级750赛事
2020丹麦公开赛II 43 丹麦奥德赛 汇丰世界羽联超级750赛事
2020亚洲公开赛I 46 待定 汇丰世界羽联超级1000赛事
2020亚洲公开赛II 47 待定 汇丰世界羽联超级1000赛事
2020汇丰世界羽联总决赛 48 待定 最高级别赛事

世界羽联正在与不同的会员协会合作协商,探讨举办亚洲赛事的可行性,预计不久将公布最终公告,以便所有参与者可以计划他们的行程。世界羽联已经向所有成员协会分享了其安全协议和操作程序文件,并介绍了国际羽毛球运动的安全回归计划,并将在明天通过单独的公告发布这份文件。任何违反这些准则的行为都可能导致认证被撤销,以及参与者无法入场。

世界羽联秘书长托马斯·伦德说:“由于新冠疫情的影响,汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛的国际比赛日程不可能按照最初的设想执行。管理入境和安全限制不同的地区之间的旅行一直是最大的挑战。因此,我们调整了比赛日历。”

“我们最关心的一直是所有参与者的健康和安全,我们已经制定了世界羽联安全协议和操作程序文件来指导参与者。我们期待国际羽毛球运动的回归,也感谢在参与整个计划过程的所有人。”

2020年完成的赛事将计入世界排名积分数,不过这些积分只会在世界排名解冻时计入。解冻世界排名的确切方案,以及随后的排名如何构成和计算,将在近期公布。

更新后的世界羽联巡回赛日程表也已经在官方网站上发布。

BWF Announces Adjusted Tournament Calendar for 2020

BWF Announces Adjusted Tournament Calendar for 2020

BWF ANNOUNCES ADJUSTED HSBC BWF WORLD TOUR FOR 2020; TOTAL BWF THOMAS & UBER CUP FINALS TO GO AHEAD

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will implement an adjusted tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour in 2020.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our main concern is to ensure the health and safety of all personnel participating in planned international tournaments.

We are confident in creating a safe environment around all HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments, however, the main challenge with the existing tournament calendar is our capacity to move participants between different territories where different entry and safety restrictions apply.

Therefore, in light of the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, an adjusted tournament calendar has been developed to replace the present HSBC BWF World Tour tournament locations and dates.

In addition, the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark will remain part of the international tournament calendar and will proceed on the planned dates of 3-11 October 2020.

Thus, following the completion of the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Weeks 40 and 41 of the tournament calendar, the HSBC BWF World Tour will resume with a two-week European leg in Odense, Denmark to be staged across Weeks 42 and 43.

Both of these tournaments – DANISA Denmark Open I and Denmark Open II – will be Super 750 events.

There will then be a two-week transition time to move the tour and all participants to Asia safely – factoring in the necessary quarantine period – for two Super 1000 tournaments in Weeks 46 and 47, and culminating with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Week 48.

The locations of the three Asian leg tournaments are yet to be announced.

All remaining HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments on the calendar will no longer take place at the dates and locations originally listed.

BWF Tournament Calendar 2020 (Grade 1 & Grade 2)

Tournament Week City Level
TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 40-41 Aarhus, Denmark Major Championships
DANISA Denmark Open I 2020 42 Odense, Denmark HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750
Denmark Open II 2020 43 Odense, Denmark HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750
Asia Open I 2020 46 TBC HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000
Asia Open II 2020 47 TBC HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000
HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 48 TBC Major Championships

BWF is working with different Member Associations to explore the feasibility of staging the Asian leg tournaments and a final announcement is expected soon to allow all participants to plan their travel arrangements.

BWF has shared its Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures document outlining the safe return to international badminton to all Member Associations, and will make this document publicly available in a separate announcement tomorrow.

Any breach of these guidelines can result in accreditations being revoked and participants not permitted to enter the venue.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible to implement the revised international tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour as originally envisaged.

“Managing travel logistics between different territories where different entry and safety restrictions apply has been the biggest challenge. Therefore, an adjusted tournament calendar was developed.

“Our main concern has always been the health and safety of all participants and we have created a BWF Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures document to guide us in this process.

“We look forward to the return of international badminton and we thank all parties and participants involved in the planning process.”

Tournaments completed in 2020 will accumulate world ranking points, although such points will only be included with the unfreezing of the World Rankings.

The exact model for the unfreezing of the World Rankings, and how subsequent rankings are structured and valued, will be released shortly.

Para Badminton Tournaments Suspended
Three Para badminton continental championships have been suspended.

Para Badminton Tournaments Suspended

The three remaining Para badminton continental championships originally scheduled for 2020 have been suspended.

  1. European Para Badminton Championships 2020, Dublin, Ireland (5-10 October)
  2. Pan Am Para Badminton Championships 2020, Manizales, Colombia (2-8 November)
  3. Asian Para Badminton Championships 2020, Bangkok, Thailand (2-8 November)

This decision was made in consultation with the tournament hosts and the relevant Continental Confederations.

Any decision on these tournaments being part of the Para badminton calendar in 2021 will be made at a later date.

The African Para Badminton Championships 2020 in Kampala, Uganda originally slated for 20-26 April was suspended in March.

The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater Para badminton community continues to be the top priority for all relevant parties.

Please continue to monitor the BWF Para Badminton Tournament Calendar for the latest updates.

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

2020年道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛抽签仪式今天在吉隆坡的世界羽联总部举行。印度尼西亚和日本将分别成为汤姆斯杯和尤伯杯的头号种子。

汤杯抽签结果
A组:印尼、马来西亚、荷兰、英格兰
B组:中国、中国台北、澳大利亚、法国
C组:丹麦、印度、德国、阿尔及利亚
D组:日本、韩国、泰国、加拿大
 
尤杯抽签结果
A组:日本、中国台北、埃及、西班牙
B组:韩国、印尼、澳大利亚、马来西亚
C组:泰国、丹麦、苏格兰、加拿大
D组:中国、印度、法国、德国

 

今年的汤尤杯将首次来到丹麦,在现代和充满活力的丹麦城市奥胡斯。在我们的冠名赞助商道达尔的持续支持下,这个最负盛名的男子和女子的羽毛球团体比赛将是一次特别的赛事。

Representatives from TOTAL Malaysia and Badminton Association of Malaysia attended the draw.

世界羽联首席运营官鲍理说:“我们承认今年我们的日程受到了很多干扰,但我们向你们保证,世界羽联将持续关注COVID-19疫情发展,并为国际羽毛球赛事的安全回归做好计划。我们相信羽毛球界的每一个人都在保持安全和良好状态,并为重返国际比赛做准备。”

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

Since making its debut at Barcelona 92, badminton has featured at seven Olympic Games in total.

In that period, 106 medals (34 gold, 34 silver, 38 bronze) have been awarded to 130 medallists from 11 countries.

With one year to go to Tokyo 2020, we look at the only players who have won three or more medals on what is often called “the biggest stage of all”.

4 medals
Gao Ling (China)
Olympic appearance: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008

Gao Ling (left) and Zhang Jun during a match at Beijing 2008.

The most successful shuttler in Olympic history, the doubles specialist is the sole player on this list with four medals. The Chinese great walked away with the mixed doubles title with partner Zhang Jun at her first Olympic outing and they followed that up with another gold four years later in Athens. Famous for her smile, Gao also won women’s doubles bronze in 2000 and silver in 2004.

3 medals
Fu Haifeng (China)
Olympic appearance: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Fu (left) and Cai Yun celebrate their victory in 2012.

The doubles icon medalled at three editions, twice with regular men’s doubles sidekick Cai Yun. The feared duo fell short in a tight final at home in 2008 to Indonesians Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan but made amends in London four years later. Fu then partnered Zhang Nan to defend his title in Rio.

3 medals
Zhang Nan (China)
Olympic appearance: London 2012, Rio 2016

Zhang (right) and Fu pose with their medals in Rio.

Zhang Nan’s maiden success came on debut in mixed doubles with Zhao Yunlei. The pair saw off the same opponents Xu Chen/Ma Jin for bronze in Rio, where Zhang also found success in men’s doubles with Fu Haifeng after an intense 70-minute battle with Malaysians Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong.

3 medals
Zhao Yunlei (China)
Olympic appearance: London 2012, Rio 2016

Zhao Yunlei (right) and Tian Qing show off their gold medals at London 2012.

Zhao remains the only shuttler to have won two gold medals at the same edition, with success in mixed and women’s doubles in 2012. She also bagged a mixed doubles bronze at her last Olympic appearance in 2016.

3 medals
Kim Dong Moon (Korea)
Olympic appearance: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004

Kim (right) and his old partner Ra Kyung Min.

Kim is revered in his home nation – he is the only Korean with two Olympic gold (mixed doubles with Gil Young Ah and men’s doubles with Ha Tae Kwon). There was a gap of eight years between his first and second triumphs, which he compensated for with a men’s doubles bronze in 2000.

3 medals
Gil Young Ah (Korea)
Olympic appearance: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996

Gil (front) won her three medals across two editions.

Gil’s Olympic record is unique – she has one medal in each colour. Having taken women’s doubles bronze in 1992 with Shim Eun Jung, she improvised at the next edition to add gold in mixed doubles and silver in women’s doubles with Jang Hye Ock.

3 medals
Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
Olympic appearance: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Lee (left) on the podium in Rio with his fellow men’s singles medallists.

Denied twice, first by great rival Lin Dan and then Chen Long, Lee is the only shuttler in history with three back-to-back Olympic silver medals.

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

Tine Baun was an unusual sight in women’s singles.

Tine Baun celebrates after winning the All England 2013.

Standing 181cm, Baun (nee Rasmussen) used her reach to tremendous effect. While her movement did appear ungainly at times, her long strides and steep attacking shots helped her become the premier European women’s singles player of her time, and one of the very few to challenge Chinese domination in her discipline.

In fact, it was Baun who showed the way for the rest of the world in the latter half of the 2000s.

Baun’s time coincided with that of greats like Xie Xingfang and Zhang Ning, and the rise of the next generation of Chinese like Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian, Wang Lin, Lu Lan, Wang Xin and Jiang Yanjiao.

While Baun did have her troubles against some of the top Chinese (Xie Xingfang, for instance, had a 10-1 record against her, while Wang Xin was 9-0), she did stitch up a creditable record against most of her top opponents.

At the Japan Open 2007 came her biggest success until that point, as the Dane beat several top Chinese in succession – Jiang Yanjiao, Zhang Ning, Lu Lan and Xie Xingfang.

Over the next few years, she would win other major events – but none would be as memorable as her final one, the All England in 2013. Having announced that she was headed for retirement, Baun set up a final with the much-younger Ratchanok Intanon after a thrilling semifinal victory over Sung Ji Hyun.

The final was another three-game affair, and it ended with Baun giving herself the perfect retirement gift – her third All England title.

Career Highlights

All England – Winner (2008, 2010, 2013)

World Championships – Bronze (2010)

Japan Open – Winner (2007)

Other Major Honours

European Championships – Winner (2010, 2012)

Malaysia Open – Winner (2008)

Denmark Open – Winner (2009)

Interesting Fact

The last European before Tine Baun to win three (or more) All England women’s singles titles was Marjorie Barrett in 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931.

Vote: Which of Tine Baun’s matches would you prefer to see?

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Spanish Badminton Federation (FESBA) can confirm the BWF World Championships traditionally scheduled for August 2021 will now take place at the end of 2021 from Monday 29 November to Sunday 5 December.

The move will allow the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain to shine brightly in what will be a condensed sports calendar.

BWF and FESBA had already opened discussions with tournament hosts to stage the championships later in the year to ensure ultimate success of the event for players, their entourage and fans.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 23 July to 8 August and 24 August until 5 September 2021 only confirmed this move.

The new schedule will allow players to have a clear focus for 2021 in which they will have dual objectives of both the Olympic Games and World Championships.

The BWF World Championships 2021 will be played in Carolina Marin’s home town of Huelva.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said changing the BWF World Championships to late November was in the best interests of the sport.

“BWF and Spanish Badminton Federation are confident that the rescheduled championships will be a success. The move allows both the Olympic badminton competition and the World Championships to be conducted with equal fairness for everyone,” Høyer said.

FESBA President David Cabello added: ”We hope the World Championships in Huelva will be a special occasion for badminton in Spain and the world.

”We are satisfied that moving the championships to the end of the year will allow us to deliver the best tournament possible.”

The remainder of the 2021 BWF Tournament Calendar is yet to be finalised.

The World Championships will take place in the Carolina Marin Stadium, the arena named after the three-time world champion in her native city of Huelva.

A further announcement will be made on the qualifying process for next year’s Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships.

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

世界羽联和丹麦羽毛球协会密切协商后,确认了2020年在丹麦奥胡斯举行的道达尔汤尤杯决赛的新日期为2020年10月3日至11日。

丹麦政府于4月6日决定将丹麦“大规模集会”禁令的期限延长至8月底,此后双方一致认为,之前重新安排的8月15日至23日的赛程安排已不再可行。

经过与丹麦羽毛球协会、赛事组织者、丹麦体育部门和奥胡斯当地政府的磋商和共识,我们得出结论,将举办时间改到10月是最好的解决方案。

世界羽联秘书长托马斯·隆德说: “我们的首要任务是保障运动员、工作人员、志愿者、裁判和整个羽毛球界的健康和安全。他说: “我们听取了世界卫生组织、多位卫生专家、当地政府和丹麦政府的意见,明白要在九月前举办像汤尤杯这样的大型赛事并不容易。我们有信心在10月3日至11日这个新的日子里举办一届安全而成功的赛事,同时一直密切关注形势的变化。”

丹麦羽毛球公协会会长博·詹森补充说: “再次更改日期对我们来说是很遗憾的。然而,我们眼下关心的是在这个非常不确定的时期所有相关人员的安全。对我们来说,成为第一个在亚洲以外举办汤尤杯决赛的国家仍然是一项成就,我们期待着以最安全的方式欢迎球迷、球员、志愿者、官员和工作人员。”

世界羽联还在考虑2020世界羽联大会和成员论坛的解决方案。这两个活动都是世界羽联日历上的重要日程,并且将在2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛期间在奥胡斯举行。

我们对受到这一全球性流行病影响的每一个人致以最美好的祝愿,我们鼓励人们呆在家里,保持安全。

King Kento Has His 11th Crown – World Tour Finals: Day 5
Momota claims the title that slipped his grasp last year.

King Kento Has His 11th Crown – World Tour Finals: Day 5

Kento Momota returned victorious from the scene of a famous setback 12 months ago, capturing the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 with a gritty fightback against Anthony Ginting.

In doing so, Momota set a new record in men’s singles of 11 titles in a season, overtaking Lee Chong Wei’s 2010 record of 10.

It was in the title clash last year, against Shi Yu Qi, that Momota unravelled in spectacular fashion. Today, faced with an opponent playing at a scorching pace, Momota seemed headed for another defeat until he turned it around.

The final was an intense battle.

Until the homestretch, it looked like Anthony Ginting’s speed and searing attack would wear down the world champion. The Indonesian came out of the blocks at a dizzying pace that caught Momota off-guard. The attacking pressure was sustained and precise, and even the normally unflappable Momota was forced into errors.

Having taken the opening game, and with seven straight points to 12-9 in the second, Ginting was riding a wave. Momota hung on grimly, staying in the game by pegging away to the far corners, forcing Ginting to run the extra step. A contentious second game was his after an intense battle, but Ginting shot ahead in the third to 12-5 and once again Momota had his back to the wall.

Two things happened at this point. Ginting, playing from the more difficult end after the changeover, struggled to control his lifts. The sheer physical effort he had put in started to hurt him, and he took a medical break to address a blister in his right toe. From that point, Momota staked his territory. Now he was in his home range, and he only needed to stay the court. Ginting needed to win the sprint, but Momota succeeded in turning the contest into a marathon.

“It took me some time to come to terms with his speed,” said Momota. “By the third game I knew he would be tired. This is the most difficult of all the tournaments, since all the top players were here, so I’m really happy to win this. I’m also happy that I’ve won 11 tournaments this year, it’s a great memory. Now I must look forward and continue to get better.”

Ginting said his only chance was to try and finish the match in two games, as he wasn’t sure of lasting the distance.

“I can’t do better than what I did today. The blister was painful yesterday. I didn’t want to give up the chance of playing the final. I had to win in straight games and I tried my best in the second, but I wasn’t able to control the shuttle and move him around. I really wanted to win this, but I feel happy that I could finish the year as runner-up at the Finals.”

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Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t
Shi Yuqi performed impressively for China.

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

The recently-concluded TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 was a roller-coaster ride for reputations. Several stars, expected to take their teams to glory, fizzled out during the week. There were also a few others who rose to the occasion when the situation demanded it. Here we look at the prominent names:

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

Continued to build on his reputation as a big-match player. The manner in which he handed a pasting to Kento Momota in the final was stunning to watch – a near-replica of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December. Won his three matches with ease – over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in Group 1D and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semi-finals.

Li Junhui (left) and Liu Yuchen – stable under pressure.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

Were unshakeable despite being in trouble in their opening match against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik. Recovered from match point down to beat the Malaysians, and then destroyed their three following challengers – Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese were expected to stretch Li/Liu in the final, but after first game trouble, the world champions crushed their rivals to hand the advantage in the final to China.

An Se Young played outstanding badminton to beat Tai Tzu Ying.

An Se Young

The 17-year-old came into the Sudirman Cup as a potential star, having won the New Zealand Open, and returned with reputation enhanced. With her sensational upset of No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, which helped Korea top Group 1C, and close loss to Ratchanok Intanon, An did enough to suggest she could be the face of the future of women’s singles badminton.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo didn’t disappoint for Indonesia.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

The ‘Minions’ went into the Sudirman Cup in unconvincing form, but admirably led Indonesia into the semifinals. Won their three matches in straight games, including the semifinal over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on which Indonesia were unable to capitalise.

Michelle Li powered Canada’s finish on top of Group 2.

Michelle Li

Despite struggling with injury, Canada’s singles spearhead guided her team to the top of Group 2. Prevailed in a contentious Group 2B match against Germany’s Yvonne Li that set Canada on to victory over difficult opponents, and in the Group 2 final against France, easily beat Yaelle Hoyaux to come away with three wins out of three.

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

The 18-year-old had a busy week for Ireland, playing two categories and winning all but one of his eight matches. Nguyen nearly led his team to Group 3 victory, but, having won his singles, surprisingly lost his men’s doubles (with Sam Magee) to Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Ireland had to be content with second place in Group 3 (overall 22nd), but Nguyen would have returned pleased with his contribution.

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

Nothing went Tai Tzu Ying’s way against An Se Young.

The world No.1 hasn’t had the best of seasons, but was expected to lead Chinese Taipei to a possible semifinal, their first in history. However, Tai was woefully off-colour, struggling against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and losing to An Se Young, before making it past an equally disappointing Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Despite her win, Chinese Taipei fell 2-3 to Indonesia.

Anthony Ginting was unable to turn on his ‘A’ game.

Anthony Ginting

Indonesia sported big names in singles, which was expected to buttress their doubles strength and give them a shot at the title. But it all went wrong in the singles, with Anthony Ginting losing two of his three matches, and neither Jonatan Christie or Gregoria Mariska Tunjung able to step up. Ginting was unable to inspire himself to his normal level in losses to Viktor Axelsen (Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2) and against Kento Momota in the semifinals.

Saina Nehwal (right) couldn’t offer any resistance to Chen Yufei.

Saina Nehwal

India were reckoned to have a strong team capable of going far in the tournament, but the Indians turned out to be underwhelming. Kidambi Srikanth didn’t take the court citing fitness concerns, and Sameer Verma took his place. Saina Nehwal, not fully fit, played one match – against China’s Chen Yufei – and she was routed in 33 minutes, which more or less summed up India’s campaign.

Genius in Action: Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng

Genius in Action: Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng

Four World Championships crowns and an Olympic gold stand out in a glittering treasure chest that Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng accumulated in the course of an epic career.

Fu, of course, would go on to win a second Olympic gold with Zhang Nan, but it was with Cai that his name will be chiefly associated with. They were to China’s doubles what Lin Dan was to its singles, making the team unassailable at major events.

Cai Yun’s (left) all-round sharpness was complemented by Fu’s fierce smashes.

Cai and Fu shot up the ranks quickly from 2003 onwards. China hadn’t fared particularly well in the previous decade in men’s doubles against strong Indonesian, Korean and Danish opposition, and it was to Cai and Fu’s credit that they stepped in to fill the breach. Within a couple of years they were already claiming the big titles – the All England was theirs in 2005 – and the following year they had their first World Championships.

What made the duo so hard to beat was their ability to play fearless attacking badminton at great pace even under extreme pressure – Cai’s quickness and clever game was aided by Fu’s sledgehammer hits from the back, and there was never an inch given. Their arrival on the scene coincided with a new style of doubles in the 21×3 scoring system, defined by flurries of fast, flat exchanges with no room for error. Cai and Fu thrived despite facing opponents like Hendra Setiawan, Markis Kido, Lee Yong Dae, Chung Jae Sung, Koo Kien Keat, Tan Boon Heong, Mathias Boe, Carsten Mogensen and others.

Their biggest moment – winning the Olympic gold in 2012.

The World Championships 2009 final against Lee Yong Dae and Chung Jae Sung showcased why Cai and Fu were among the all-time greats – in a fiercely-fought battle, full of lightning-quick rallies and thunderous smashes from either side, Cai and Fu prevailed 21-18 16-21 28-26 in 75 minutes.

In 2010 Cai and Fu became the first men’s doubles pair to win three world titles; a year later, they had their fourth.

One of their few disappointments had been the loss in the Olympics 2008 final on home soil, but they made amends four years later, capturing the coveted title in London 2012. By then, they – along with Lin Dan – had been China’s trump cards in five successive Thomas Cup triumphs and six Sudirman Cup victories.

Career Highlights

Olympics: Gold (2012), Silver (2008)

World Championships: Gold (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Thomas Cup:  Winners (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)

Sudirman Cup: Winners (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Other Major Achievements

All England: Winners (2005, 2009)

Japan Open: Winners (2010, 2011)

Indonesia Open: Winners (2007, 2011)

李万华:脚步不停向前 探寻无限可能
Lee Wan Wah (right) and Choong Tan Fook in their playing days.

李万华:脚步不停向前 探寻无限可能

在马来西亚的顶尖双打选手中,李万华享有很高的声誉。

李万华和钟腾福是羽毛球历史上搭档时间最久的男双组合之一,在近十年半的时间里代表着男双项目的国际最高水平。从20世纪90年代中期开始,贯穿2000年代,这对马来西亚组合在羽坛大放异彩。

追随前辈谢勋寁和叶锦福的步伐,李万华和钟腾福也成了领奖台的常客。他们的羽球生涯共收获两枚世锦赛铜牌,一枚英联邦运动会金牌,以及两个亚锦赛冠军,和一系列其他主要大奖赛的荣誉。李万华作为马来西亚国家队的重要成员,曾两次进入汤姆斯杯决赛(1998年和2002年)。

有趣的是,在他们的首次大赛决赛——1996年马来西亚公开赛上,他们输给了前辈兼队友谢勋寁和叶锦福。在经过不断的历练后,这对年轻组合才迎来了属于自己的黄金时代。他们在1998年击败谢勋寁/叶锦福,赢得了英联邦运动会的男双金牌。又在次年的新加坡公开赛决赛中击败了传奇男双吴俊明/陈甲亮。

虽然球技高超,但他们也经常在比赛的后半段被配合更默契的对手击败,他们的全英赛经历就是一个典型例子:1998年他们首次进入全英赛半决赛,以及之后的另外三场半决赛(2001年、2003年、2008年)和两次决赛(2004年、2006年),都以失败告终。2008年的全英赛决赛,他们与李永大/郑在成战至决胜局,领先并手握5个赛点,最后还是出乎意料地被对手逆转。

同样,他们两获世锦赛铜牌(2001年和2007年),两次都是在比赛最后关头以微弱差距落败。

2011年退出巡回赛事后,李万华成为了一名教练,与队友共同创办了一家公司。后来他执教古剑杰/陈文宏,助力他们争夺2016年里约奥运会的参赛资格。

去年,李万华在日本国青队担任教练。今年,他被提拔为日本国家队混双B队的教练。

在谈到双打的演变时,李万华谈到自他作为运动员以来,专业化不断加强的趋势:(现在和以前)差别很大。我从开始练球时就一直采用的是15分制。即使是从刚普及21分制到现在,也有很大的差别。(现在)球员们的移动速度越来越快,力量也越来越强。其中一些得益于训练方法的进步。现在的训练更具体、先进。”

他如何适应年轻一代球员的教练这一身份?

对我来说,最大的挑战是(关注)球员的心态。作为一名教练,我希望尽可能地激发出他们的潜力。每个运动员的情况都不相同,他的风格可能不适合我的训练方式,所以我必须找到适合他的另一种训练类型。这对我来说是个挑战,因为你不能为每个球员都提供针对个人的技巧训练。因此,我们通常围绕一种基本的训练模式,并在此基础上探寻个人如何进一步提升的方法。

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to deal with ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the different impacts this has on various groups within the badminton community.

BWF is continuing to monitor all official updates on COVID-19 with the health, safety and wellbeing of players, their entourage, fans, officials and all other concerned parties as the top priority.


COVID-19 Update – 16 September 2020

Q. What Tournaments have been postponed or Cancelled?

A: Question 10 below gives an update on all the tournaments that have been cancelled, and the announcement on 30 March below gives an update to all those listed in Question 10.

On 16 September, BWF announce update on Grade 3 tournament (see the announcement linked here)

On 15 September, BWF announce update on postponed and cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 11 September, BWF announce update on Grade/3 tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 8 September, BWF announce update on Grade 3 and Junior tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 27 August, BWF announce update on international tournament calendar and HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 (see the announcement linked here)

On 25 August, BWF announce update on cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 12 August, BWF announce update on Para badminton tournament update (see the announcement linked here)

On 7 August, BWF announce update on postponed and cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 29 July, BWF announce update on cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 23 July, BWF announce update on postponed and cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 10 July, BWF announce update on postponed and cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 7 July, BWF announce update on cancelled tournaments (see the announcement linked here)

On 30 June, BWF announce update on tournament (see the announcement linked here)

On 29 June, BWF announce three European tournament cancelled (see the announcement linked here)

On 19 June, BWF announce two Pan Am tournaments cancelled in October (see the announcement linked here)

On 29 May, BWF announce that BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championship 2020 Rescheduled (see the announcement linked here)

On 22 May, BWF announces a Revamped 2020 Tournament Calendar (see the announcement linked here)

On 11 May, BWF announce that Azerbaijan International 2020 in July has been cancelled (see the announcement linked here)

On 7 May, BWF announce that two Australian Tournaments have been cancelled in September (see the announcement linked here).

On 29 April, BWF announced the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals Postponed until October (see the announcement linked here).

On 28 April, BWF announced that the US Open had been suspended (see the announcement linked here).

On 22 April, BWF announced that one tournaments in July and one tournament in September have been suspended (see the announcement linked here)  

On 20 April, BWF announced that two more tournaments in June have been suspended (see the announcement linked here)  

On 14 April, BWF announced that one International Challenge, one International Series and one Future Series in June have been suspended. (see the announcement linked here

On 7 April, BWF announced that the YONEX Canada Open had been suspended (see the announcement linked here).

On 6 April, BWF made a further announcement that four Grade 2 and 11 Grade 3 tournaments in May, June and July have been suspended, (see the announcement linked here)

COVID-19 Update – 03 April 2020

Q. Where can players get information on COVID-19?

  • A. Below there is a badminton specific information for players, coaches and team managers – postponed / cancelled tournaments, calendar, rankings, travel and cancellation of tickets – as well as some general information.
  • For general COVID-19 health information, look at what your local / national health authorities are saying to protect yourself and stay safe. The World Health Organisation also has a lot of information.
  • The IOC’s Athlete 365 Coronavirus information is a place athletes should visit to get some good athlete specific advice.

 

COVID-19 Update – 31 March 2020

Q: How will postponements and cancellations affect the World Rankings?

A: There has been an unprecedented number of international tournaments that have been suspended from mid-March 2020 to the end of April 2020.

On 31 March 2020, BWF announced that the World Rankings and the World Junior Rankings would be frozen from Week 12, as at the lists published 17 March 2020. See the announcement for more details on this (linked here).

COVID-19 Update – 30 March 2020

Q: What tournaments have been cancelled or postponed?

  • A: Question 10 below gives an update on all the tournaments – see also below for updates:
  • New dates have been announced for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – the Olympic Games will now be held from 23 July to 8 August and the Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August to 5 September 2021 – (link here for announcement).
  • BWF confirmed on  25 March 2020 that the  Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has been postponed (link here for announcement)
  • BWF confirmed on 24 March 2020 that the  Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed (link here for the announcement)
  • The BWF announced on 20 March that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals has been postponed till August 2020 (link here for the announcement).
  • The BWF announced on 20 March that three Continental Championships (CC) have been suspended due to the unprecedented Covid-19 situation globally – 2020 European Championships, Badminton Asia Championships 2020, XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (link here for the announcement).
  • On 13 March 2020, BWF announced that it had taken the necessary step to suspend all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday 12 April 2020.
  • A number of the tournaments impacted as a result of the suspension fall within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying period. BWF will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points at a later date.
  • The full statement Can be read on the Announcements Page of the Corporate website.
  • Refer to the calendar page in the corporate website to see the status of the tournaments.

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COVID-19 Update – 8 March 2020

Q: Will players and officials have to shake hands before / following a match?

  • A: BWF has not made changes to the normal tournament conventions and etiquette related to shaking hands, coin toss and medal ceremony protocols.
  • Players and officials normally shake hands, give a fist pump or clap of hands, which is all acceptable ways of showing respect and fair play to opponents and making general greetings.
  • In cases where players do not personally feel comfortable with shaking hands with their opponent(s) or the umpire / service judge, BWF allows these players to make a different and appropriate greeting to show respect to their opponent(s) / the umpire / service judge, and this includes giving a fist pump or clap of hands or hands clasped together like many do in prayer as an alternative ways of showing respect.
  • BWF has been advised from health authorities that there should be no need to forbid shaking hands or similar as long as participants are following the safe hygiene protocols generally advised – such as washing hands thoroughly and often, using alcohol based hand sanitizer and avoiding touching your face with hands.

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COVID-19 Update – 29 February 2020

1. Where can I find valid information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related to international badminton tournaments?

  • On the BWF Corporate Website under the ‘Announcements’ section: https://corporate.bwfbadminton.com/. This will be updated with new information as required and will stay at the top of the section.

 

2. Where can general information be found regarding COVID-19 on how players, officials or Member Associations should deal with the situation?

  • Everyone should seek advice from their own health authorities and be sure to receive updates through official sources and the BWF.
  • BWF is following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • BWF has issued statements and updates on the situation related to COVID-19 and the impact it has on the badminton community. These statements also include general advice on how to act in relation to COVID-19 when travelling to tournaments and gives guidelines on general preventative measures.

 

3. What advice has BWF given to hosts of tournaments? 

  • BWF, Continental Confederations and hosts of all BWF-sanctioned tournaments are in close contact regarding the COVID-19 situation.
  • The objective is that tournaments are staged as scheduled unless public health authorities in that country provide a directive to not stage the tournament.
  • BWF has provided hosts with guidelines to help them prepare and to ensure that contingency and safety plans are in place in the event that something happens.
  • All hosts are diligently working to secure the health and safety of all participants at these tournaments.
  • BWF is also working with Continental Confederations and hosts to ensure that information is provided to participants on local conditions specific to the country where the tournament is hosted.

 

4. Will players entered in tournaments be automatically withdrawn if a tournament is postponed or cancelled?

  • Yes. All players will automatically be withdrawn from the tournament by the BWF. No further action is required.

 

5. Will withdrawal fees apply if a tournament is postponed or cancelled close to the tournament date?

  • No withdrawal fees apply. This is irrespective of the time the tournament is postponed or cancelled.

 

6. Will players have to enter again into a postponed tournament if they were previously entered for the originally scheduled tournament?

  • Yes. They will have to enter again once the postponed tournament opens up for entry. A revised prospectus with tournament information and new entry timelines will be sent to all Member Associations in due course once a new tournament date has been agreed with the hosts.

 

7. If BWF World Tour tournaments – Super 1000, Super 750 and Super 500 – are cancelled, how will this affect Player Commitment regulations?

  • If Super 1000 or Super 750 level tournaments are cancelled, no fines apply to players for not being able to play in the tournament.
  • If a Super 500 level is cancelled, BWF will on a case by case basis consider if commitment regulations will be adjusted for particular players affected by the cancellation.
  • Tournament cancellations at other levels are not related to the mandatory participation commitments so this will not lead to any changes to these rules.

 

8. How will the postponement and cancellation of tournaments affect the Olympic Qualification period. Are there any changes being planned?

  • BWF is not, at this point in time, planning to make any adjustments to the regulations related to the Olympic Qualification period.
  • It is unfortunate that some tournaments have been postponed or cancelled and BWF appreciates that these tournaments have been part of players’ plans to seek qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and other tournaments where qualification is required (such as the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals).
  • Any change to the existing Olympic qualification rules will affect different players both positively or negatively, and with the present level of postponement and cancellation, BWF does not believe that making changes is appropriate.
  • The postponement or cancellation of tournaments is not within the control of hosts, BWF or the badminton community, but is caused by ongoing developments as a result of COVID-19 in different areas of the world and decisions will be taken based on information provided by public health authorities.

 

9. Can players enter into other tournaments where the entry deadline has passed?

  • No. All entry deadlines apply as usual and entry deadlines will not be extended for any tournaments due to postponement or cancellation of other tournaments.

 

10. What is the status of BWF tournaments on the calendar? Will more tournaments be postponed or cancelled?

  • On 13 March 2020, BWF announced the suspension of all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday 12 April 2020. 

> Please refer to the link to see the tournaments that are affected.

  • Other tournaments that have been postponed or cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak:

> BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2020 (Suspended)

> YONEX Osaka International Challenge 2020 (Suspended)

> 55 Portuguese International Championships 2020 (International Series) – 05 -08 March

> YONEX German Open 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300) – 03 -08 March

> YONEX US Open 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300) – 23 – 28 May 2020 – Suspended

> Lingshui China Masters 2020 – Lingshui – BWF Tour Super 100 – 25-30 August – Cancelled

> YONEX Dutch Open 2020 – Almere – BWF Tour Super 100  – 6-11 October – Cancelled

> Badminton Asia Senior Championships 2020 [New dates] to (Week 47) 12th – 15th November 2020 – postponed

> YONEX Taipei Open 2020 – Taipei – 01-06 September – Cancelled

> Korea Open – Gwangju – 08-13 September – Cancelled

> VICTOR China Open – Changzhou – 15-20 September – Cancelled

> DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open – Yokohama – 22-27 September – Cancelled

> TOTAL BWF Thomas Uber Cup Finals 2020 – postponed to 2021

> VICTOR Denmark Masters – Odense – 20 – 25 October 2020 – Cancelled

  • Junior international tournaments that have been suspended/ postponed / cancelled :

> 2nd Brazil International Junior 2020 – 25 – 29 March – Campinas, Brazil – Suspended

> Croatia Valamar Junior Open 2020 – 03 – 05 April – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Postponed

> Cyprus Junior International – 10 – 12 April – Engomi, Cyprus – Postponed

> FZ FORZA Alpes International U19 2020 – 17 – 19 April – Voiron, France – Cancelled

> Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior GP 2020 – 14 – 19 April – Postponed

> YONEX SINGHA BANGCHAK BTY Junior International Series 2020 – 21 – 26 April – Postponed

> CIPUTRA HANOI – YONEX SUNRISE Vietnam International Challenge 2020 – Hanoi – 02 – 07 June – Suspended

> VICTOR Malaysia International Series 2020 – Kuala Lumpur – 16 -21 June – Suspended

> Styrian International, Graz, Austria – 18 – 21 June – Suspended

> IBERDROLA Spanish International 2020 – Madrid, Spain – 10 – 13 June 2020 – Suspended

> B.A.B.B. German International 2020 – Bonn, Germany – 10 – 13 June 2020 – Suspended

> Lagos International 2020 – Lagos, Nigeria – 01- 04 July 2020 – Suspended

> The 4th Iran Junior International Series 2020 – Semnan, Iran – 14 – 17 Sept 2020 – Suspended

> Sydney International 2020 – Sydney Australia – 10 – 13 September 2020

> Azerbaijan International 2020 – Baku, Azerbaijan – 16 – 19 July 2020

> Bendigo International 2020 – Bendigo, Australia – 17 – 20 September 2020

> Bulgarian Open Championships 2020, Sofia – 10-13 August 2020 – Cancelled

> YONEX Belgian International 2020, Leuven – 9-12 September 2020 – Cancelled

> LI-NING Czech Open, Brno – 13-18 October 2020- Cancelled

> V Santo Domingo Junior International 2020, Santo Domingo – 22 – 25 October 2020 – Cancelled

> XI Santo Domingo International 2020, Santo Domingo – 27 – 31 October 2020 – Cancelled

> Kathmandu International Future Series 2020, Tripureshwor – 8 – 13 September – Cancelled

> Croatia Valamar Junior Open,Dubrovnik – 16-18 October – Cancelled

> Egypt International 2020 – Cairo – Future Series -13 – 18 October – Cancelled

> Danish Junior Cup 2020 (21 – 23 August) -> Postponed to 18-20 December 2020

> GRANULAR AGE GROUP Junior Badminton Championships 2020 – Pattaya, Thailand – (03 – 08 September)

> YONEX Belgian Junior 2020 – Herstal – (18 – 20 September) – Cancelled

> Bahrain International Series 2020 – Isa Town – (01 – 04 October) – Cancelled

> Bahrain International Future Series 2020 – Manama – (06 – 09 October) – Cancelled

> CIPUTRA HANOI – YONEX SUNRISE Vietnam International Challenge 2020 – Hanoi – (27 October – 01 November) – Cancelled

> CONDENSATE Kazakhstan International Series 2020 – Uralsk – (04 – 08 November) – Cancelled

> I Future Series Costa Rica 2020 – Cartago – (18 to 22 November) – Cancelled

> FZ FORZA U19 Irish Open 2020 – Dublin – 28 – 30 August 2020 – Cancelled

> Chile Future Series 2020 – Santiago – 08 – 11 October 2020 – Cancelled

> 35th International Series of Brazil 2020 – 14 – 18 October 2020 – Cancelled

> Dubai Junior International Series – Dubai – 17 – 22 November 2020 – Cancelled

> Zambia International 2020 – Lusaka – 26 – 29 November 2020 – Cancelled

>  South Africa International 2020 – Durban – 03 – 06 December 2020 – Cancelled

> South Africa Junior International 2020 – Durban – 07 – 09 December 2020 – Cancelled

> Cameroon International 2020 – Yaoundé – 8 – 11 October – Cancelled

> WONCHEON YONEX Korea Junior Open Badminton Champs – Miryang – 26 Oct – 01 Nov – Cancelled

> Colombia Junior Internacional 2020 – Manizalez – 12 – 15 November – Cancelled

> Scottish Open 2020 – Glasgow – 19 to 22 November 2020 – Cancelled

> Botswana International 2020 – Gaborone – 19 – 22 November – Cancelled

> Singapore Youth International Series 2020 – Singapore – 23 – 29 November – Cancelled

> Vietnam International Series 2020 – Danang – 01 – 06 December – Cancelled

> XI International Mexicano 2020 (16 – 20 September) – New Date – 18 – 22 November – Postponed

> IV Guatemala Junior International 2020 – Guatemala City – 16 – 20 September- Cancelled

> VICTOR Croatian International 2020 (New dates) – 23 to 26 September- Cancelled

> IV Guatemala International Series 2020 – Guatemala City – 23 – 27 September- Cancelled

> II Guatemala Future Series – Guatemala City – 4 – 8 November- Cancelled

> Russian International Junior White Nights – Gatchina – (New dates) 19 – 22 Nov- Cancelled

> White Nights 2020 – Gatchina – (New dates) 25 to 29 November- Cancelled

> VICTOR Welsh International Badminton Champs 2020 – Cardiff – 25 – 28 November- Cancelled

> Cyprus International 2020 – Latsia – 8 to 11 October – Cancelled

> FZ FORZA Ukraine Junior 2020 – Dnіpro – 14 – 17 October – Cancelled

> INFOSYS FOUNDATION India Int. Challenge 2020 – Mumbai – 10 – 15 Nov – Cancelled

> YONEX SUNRISE Bangladesh Int. Badminton Challenge 2020 – Dhaka – 25 – 29 Nov – Cancelled

> Bahrain Junior International Series 2020 – Manama – 2 – 6 December – Cancelled

> YONEX SUNRISE Bangladesh Junior Int. Series 2020 – Dhaka – 8 – 13 Dec – Cancelled

> 45th YONEX Hungarian Int. Championships 2020 – Budaors – 28 to 31 October – Cancelled

> Malaysia International Challenge – Ipoh – 3 – 8 November – Cancelled

> FZ FORZA Norwegian International 2020 – Sandefjord – 5 – 8 November – Cancelled

> Israel Open 2020 – Kibbutz Hatzor – 01 – 24 October 2020 – Cancelled

> You can also refer to the calendar page in the corporate website to see the status of the tournaments.

  • Para badminton tournaments that have been suspended/ postponed / cancelled :

> European Para Badminton Championships 2020– Dublin – 5 – 10 October – Suspended

> Pan Am Para Badminton Championships 2020 – Manizales – 2 – 8 November – Suspended

> Asian Para Badminton Championships 2020 – Thailand – 2 – 8 November – Suspended

> African Para Badminton Championships 2020 – Kampala – 20 – 26 April – Cancelled

  • One tournament, the Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2020 (International Challenge), has been taken out of the Olympic Qualification process due to security risks and general travel advice from a significant number of governments around the world against travelling to Iran.
  • All other tournaments on the BWF calendar within the Olympic qualification period are scheduled to run. BWF and the hosts are closely monitoring the situation in countries where scheduled tournaments are hosted and will inform the badminton community immediately if the status of these tournaments change. No absolute reassurances can be given on any potential negative impacts to scheduled tournaments as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

11. What is the latest date a tournament can be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19?

  • There is no “latest date” in place for a tournament to be postponed or cancelled. All hosts intend to run their tournaments as scheduled.
  • If COVID-19 develops in a way where national public health authorities provide directives against the tournament being hosted, the host and BWF will have to take necessary decisions and actions at that point in time. No absolute reassurances can be given on any potential negative impacts to scheduled tournaments as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

12. What about players who have already travelled to tournaments? Are there places for them to practise at the venue of postponed or cancelled tournaments, or other locations?

  • Players and teams already travelling to tournaments may be affected by the postponement or cancellation of a tournament, and may need a place to practise for a period of time until going to the next tournament.
  • BWF advises that all players and teams make contact with the tournament host of the postponed or cancelled tournament, or the next upcoming tournament host, to request practice courts. BWF will be in touch with all hosts and encourage them to assist players and teams in the best possible way.

 

13. Can players and Member Associations receive refunds on flight tickets and hotel accommodation if a tournament is postponed or cancelled?

  • The postponement or cancellation is not within the control of tournament hosts, but is caused by the COVID-19 outbreak (therefore a Force Majeure).
  • Tournament hosts cannot be held liable for costs of flight tickets and hotel accommodation booked by participating players, Member Associations and other participants.
  • BWF advises that participants try to get refunds on flights tickets from the relevant travel agency or airline (this is often dependent on how the original flight ticket booking has been made). During this challenging and slightly uncertain period of time, it should be considered that flight bookings be made where it is possible to cancel the ticket and have the payment refunded.
  • Regarding hotel accommodation booked through the tournament host, the booking conditions informed by the host will apply. All tournament hosts are expected to try their best to mitigate against the unfortunate circumstances caused by a postponement or cancellation and hosts should seek to discuss solutions with official tournament hotels. This will have to be handled on a case by case basis, and, if it cannot be secured that prepaid amounts are refunded, participants may be liable to pay full amounts in line with the booking terms informed in the prospectus.
Tournament update – Grade 3

Tournament update – Grade 3

Grade 3 Tournament Cancelled

Further to our latest announcement on Grade 3 Tournament updates (linked here),  please be advised that the following Grade 3 Tournament has been cancelled in consultation with Badminton Europe and the Host.

Israel Open 2020 – Kibbutz Hatzor – 01 – 24 October 2020

The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community continues to be the top priority for all relevant parties.

Please continue to monitor the BWF Tournament Calendar for the latest updates (linked here).

Men’s Shuttler of 2010s: Lee Chong Wei reigns

Men’s Shuttler of 2010s: Lee Chong Wei reigns

Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei was on Sunday anointed Men’s Shuttler of the 2010s by Twitter users via a poll that ran over four days on BWF’s official account.

The 16 athletes with most major individual honours (see below) from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2019 were pitted against each other via a knockout format and men’s singles icon Lee emerged the pick of the bunch after four rounds of voting.

Lee saw off Chen Long (China) in the Round of 16, Lee Yong Dae (Korea) in the quarterfinals, Mohammad Ahsan (Indonesia) in the semis and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) in the final. He garnered 58.9 per cent of the 10,984 votes in the showdown against doubles ace Setiawan.

Lee, a three-time Olympic silver medallist, had a supremely productive decade before an unfortunate illness forced him into retirement.

The lack of a world or Olympic title is often used by Lee’s detractors as a stick to beat him with but the true measure of his greatness was his consistency at the very top level of the game.

Unmatched feats in the last decade:

  • 2010: Only male player to win three consecutive BWF Superseries Finals titles.
  • 2011: First non-Indonesian to complete a hattrick of Indonesian Open titles.
  • 2012: Completed record 199 consecutive weeks as world No.1.
  • 2013: Fourth Superseries Finals title. No player has more.
  • 2016: Only non-Indonesian to win six Indonesian Open titles.
  • 2016: Became the first and only men’s singles player to make three consecutive Olympic finals.
  • 2017: Hong Kong Open title was his 46th in the Superseries. No player has more.
  • 2017: Completed 349 total weeks as world No.1. No player has reigned longer.
  • 2018: 12th Malaysia Open title. No player has dominated a single event in such fashion.

Titles taken into account:
Superseries/Superseries Premier
HSBC BWF World Tour (Super 500 and above)
Continental Championships
World Championships
Olympic Games

TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals Postponed / DANISA Denmark Open to go Ahead as Planned – 13 – 18 October 2020

TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals Postponed / DANISA Denmark Open to go Ahead as Planned – 13 – 18 October 2020

BWF announces that it has made the tough decision in consultation and agreement with Badminton Denmark to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark.

This decision comes following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals – a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.

With the withdrawals and following lengthy discussions with key stakeholders, commercial partners and participating Member Associations, it became clear that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders for a World Men’s / Women’s Team Championships. BWF is looking into possible alternative dates in 2021.

Please see the announcement related to this on the BWF Fan website (linked here).

The DANISA Denmark Open – a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 will be hosted as planned.

 


Danisa Denmark Open to be Held as Planned – 13 – 18 October 2020

The DANISA Denmark Open, a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament, will go ahead as planned in Odense 13 – 18 October. The tournament will implement the relevant COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures for the planned restart of international badminton tournaments.

The second tournament scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – which was scheduled for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it is no longer feasible to conduct this additional event.

 


Summary

  1. TOTAL BWF Thomas Uber Cup Finals 2020 – postponed to 2021
  2. DANISA Denmark Open I – Odense – 13 – 18 October 2020 – held as planned
  3. VICTOR Denmark Masters – Odense – 20 – 25 October 2020 – cancelled

 

BWF’s highest priority remains the health and safety of all players and personnel participating in upcoming international tournaments.

BWF Mourns Passing of Ronnie Rowan

BWF Mourns Passing of Ronnie Rowan

It is with deep sadness that Badminton World Federation notes the passing away of Veronica Rowan, IBF’s (now BWF) first Secretary General, on 14 September 2020.

Rowan served in the role for 17 years from 1976 and was a recipient of BWF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Affectionately called Ronnie, Rowan was the only daughter of badminton pioneer and IBF Council member Ken Brock; her mother was also a sportswoman who had played at the All England and Wimbledon.

Ronnie was a member of the England badminton squad, before assuming charge as IBF’s first full-time professional General Secretary from Herbert Scheele in 1976.

During her time in office from 1976 to 1993, the federation grew from running its administration from her spare bedroom and a budget of a few hundred dollars to a professional organisation with a new office in Manor Park, Cheltenham, a staff of ten, and a million-dollar budget. Her total commitment to the federation was a major contributor to this success.

Writing of her early years in the job, Rowan wrote: “So there I was, employed on a part-time basis, working from the back bedroom of my house in Cheltenham! And with completely empty files. There was no telex, fax or e-mail in those days, and the telephone was an absolute must. Many were the calls which came – during the entire 24 hours of each day.”

The game became truly global from the 1980s onward. The BWF’s Annual General Meetings started to move around the world with the year’s major competitive event (the Thomas or Uber Cup Finals or the World Championships). The composition of the AGM and the Council started to reflect the worldwide growth of the game.

Rowan was a vital force in directing the development of the game during those critical years. The Cheltenham office grew with the business, particularly after badminton became an Olympic sport in 1985. Among the seminal events during her tenure was the introduction of the World Championships in 1977, the Sudirman Cup in 1989, and the setting up of a Grand Prix circuit. Rowan helped train Member Associations to make tournament draws and seed them correctly, which was important since prize money had become part of the sport.

By the time she left IBF in 1993, Rowan set in place efficiently-trained staff who were capable of handling the increased volume of work.

“Ronnie Rowan’s passing away has left a void in the hearts of the badminton community,” said BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund. “She played an invaluable role in the development of badminton worldwide. On behalf of BWF, I offer our condolences to her bereaved family.”

It Began in the Back Bedroom – Memories OF IBF’S First Professional
by Ronnie Rowan
BWF’s 75th Anniversary Book – 2009

Ronnie Honoured for 17 Years of IBF Service
by Ronnie Rowan
World Badminton Magazine

一代传奇:芬·科贝罗

一代传奇:芬·科贝罗

纵观羽毛球的发展历史,有一群特殊的选手为后人留下了同辈无法企及的辉煌成就。我们将在这个系列中回顾那些杰出运动员的故事。

 

芬·科贝罗
丹麦
在役时间: 1955-1966

 

芬·科贝罗在20世纪50年代的羽坛占据着统治地位。60年代,他的对手庄友明以这位丹麦双打明星的名字命名了他的第一个儿子。

科贝罗的出色实力,通过和四位不同的搭档赢下15个全英赛冠军得到了充分证明。他被评为全英赛历史上最成功的球员第5名。到目前为止,没有一位丹麦球员比科贝罗拥有更多的全英赛荣誉。

在男双项目上,科贝罗和约尔根搭档共赢得6个冠军,和保罗-埃里克·拉尔森搭档赢得1个。在混双项目上,他与基尔斯滕、乌拉·斯特兰德搭档分别获得了四个冠军。

科贝罗是公认的双打高手,他的长相与球技都十分出色,还在1956年、1958年、1961年三次闯入全英赛男单决赛。这位“胡子巨人”——在他职业生涯后期以茂盛的胡子和1.88米的身高而被大众熟知。科贝罗的三次男单决赛,第一次输给了来自马来西亚的庄友明,后两次则不敌队友科普斯。

科贝罗在汤姆斯杯上也取得了出色的成绩,保持着86%的胜率(赢得了64场比赛中的55场)。他在1955年汤杯半决赛中为队伍赢下关键一分,帮助丹麦队闯入决赛。丹麦在决赛中1-8负于马来亚队,唯一的胜局来自科贝罗和汉森的男双项目。

身高臂长、天赋过人的科贝罗擅长轻吊和假动作,还拥有自己的独特步法。他出色的技术能让他在一个回合中的前两拍就形成压制对手的优势。他技术的全面性意味着他在和汉森搭档时能发挥出前场优势,和斯特兰德搭档时又能成为中场高手。

有趣的是,科贝罗比起训练更爱参加社交活动,并能依靠天赋屡创佳绩。他外向的个性使他成为了一位人气颇高、受人尊敬的运动员。他还与马来西亚的著名球员庄友明成为了密友。

退役后,科贝罗在丹麦广播电台担任体育节目评论员。

他在1986年被国际羽毛球联合会(今世界羽联)授予杰出贡献奖,1997年入选国际羽毛球联合会名人堂。2009年,科贝罗去世,享年72岁。

你知道吗?

科贝罗还获得了当时最主要的巡回赛事——丹麦公开赛和美国公开赛的男单冠军。