林丹宣布退役

林丹宣布退役

今天,37岁中国羽毛球名将林丹宣布退役,告别国家队。林丹发布微博,表示由于体能和伤痛已不再允许自己和队友并肩作战。

“有感恩、有不舍、有不甘也有无奈。之后的日子,我希望有更多的时间陪伴家人,也会去寻找新的‘赛场’。”林丹写道。

“2000-2020,整整20年,我也要跟国家队说再见了,原来说出口真的很难。

2000年,我为成为了“中国队的林丹”兴奋又自豪。我的家人、教练、队友还有球迷陪我度过了很多个巅峰时刻和艰难的低谷时期,每一次奋力地跳杀都是对胜利的渴望。走过四个奥运征程,一直没有想过离开,也不愿去想。我把一切都献给了这项热爱的运动。“坚持”,每个煎熬的时刻我对自己说,让自己的体育生涯可以拉得更长一些。比起年少单纯地追求名次,这些年我更想挑战一个“老”运动员的身体极限,实践永不放弃的体育精神。

37岁的我,体能和伤痛已经不再允许自己和队友并肩作战了。有感恩、有不舍、有不甘也有无奈。之后的日子,我希望有更多的时间陪伴家人,也会去寻找新的“赛场”。

感恩国家成就了我,感恩教练栽培了我,感恩家人陪伴着我,感恩球迷们支持着我,还要感谢优秀的“对手”们激励着我。我也想对所有正在努力追求梦想的你们说,永远保持渴望,把弓拉满,放手去搏!

热血不灭,步履不停。我期待国歌在赛场上不断地响起,期待熟悉和崭新的面孔不断地走上领奖台。没有人永远年轻,但总有人年轻着,热爱着,奋进着…”

1983年出生的林丹,5岁开始接触羽毛球,1992年9岁时进入福建省体校,1995年12月就获得全国青少年比赛男单冠军。2000年10月,林丹进入国家队,同年亚青赛拿到男单冠军。

今年37岁的林丹无疑是当今世界羽坛最优秀的运动员之一,在他长达20年的国手生涯中,他曾两夺奥运会男单冠军、五次问鼎世界羽毛球锦标赛男单冠军;林丹,也是目前唯一一位完成双圈全满贯的羽毛球运动员。

Lin Dan on the podium at Beijing 2008.

此外,林丹也帮助中国羽毛球队六度拿下汤姆斯杯冠军,5次捧起苏迪曼杯。在其职业生涯中,他共获得66个国际大赛的男单冠军。如果算上团体赛,他一共拿下过81个冠军头衔。

让我们一起祝福林丹,我们无法抵抗浪潮,但会永远记得灯塔——林丹。

Stay tuned for more coverage on Lin Dan.

Olympic Day: Join the World’s Largest 24-Hour Digital Workout
Join us in celebrating Olympic Day.

Olympic Day: Join the World’s Largest 24-Hour Digital Workout

Olympic Day, celebrated annually on 23 June, commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games.

It is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. The goal is to promote Olympic values and participation in sports regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Olympic Day 2020 will see athletes and fans all over the globe get active in the world’s largest and first ever 24-hour digital Olympic workout. Twenty-three Olympians will join the official workout video, and athletes from around the world will lead live workouts at 11am local time across 20 time zones on Olympics and Olympic Channel Instagram accounts live.

Four badminton stars will also be involved.

Catch our star Olympians and join in on Instagram:

The live workouts will showcase our badminton stars’ favourite moves and feature right here after the go-live.

In the meantime, enjoy this original Olympic Day challenge video from British Olympians Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith to whet your appetite.

Don’t forget to join in!

On This Day: Jorgensen Makes Europe Stand Tall in Indonesia
Jorgensen struggles to hold back tears after getting over the line.

On This Day: Jorgensen Makes Europe Stand Tall in Indonesia

The prestigious Indonesia Open has a proud tradition and history that goes back to 1982.

It was however not until 2014 that spectators at the usually boisterous Istora Senayan witnessed a European lift the men’s singles title.

That honour went the way of Danish star Jan O Jorgensen, although victory did not come easy for the then 26-year-old, who despite winning in straight games, was made to slog for 44 minutes by Japanese rival Kenichi Tago.

An overwhelmed Jorgensen falling to the ground in tears of joy after clinching the final point remains an image of raw emotion forever etched in the competition’s folklore. Gracious in defeat, Tago, though sullen, offered Jorgensen his shirt and the pair exchanged an embrace.

Jorgensen and Tago exchange shirts and an embrace after their duel.

“I can’t believe I’ve won the Indonesia Open,” Jorgensen exclaimed elatedly.

“It’s amazing. It’s by far the biggest achievement in my career. This means I’m one of the greats from Denmark.

“They didn’t think I was ready when Peter Gade retired (in 2012) but I showed I’m one of the contenders for the big titles.”

In ending Europe and Denmark’s long wait for glory on Indonesian soil, Jorgensen prolonged Japan’s craving to see their men’s singles shuttler reign supreme by a year. Kento Momota snapped that barren spell a few months later when he bested the Dane in a marathon 66-minute final.

Unfortunately for Europe, no shuttler has followed Jorgensen’s footsteps in winning what is now a Super 1000 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour.

Danish men made four of the next five finals – including Jorgensen who did it three times in a row – but were denied by Lee Chong Wei, Momota and Chou Tien Chen respectively.

One year after losing to Momota, Jorgensen could not outwit Lee while Viktor Axelsen failed to stop the Japanese marching to his second title in 2018. Last season, Anders Antonsen was beaten in the final by Chinese Taipei’s Chou.

Ancient Craft Provides a Path for Blichfeldt

Ancient Craft Provides a Path for Blichfeldt

For years, Mia Blichfeldt said, she was looking for something that would calm her down. She was someone who always wanted to do many things, and played badminton with the same restless energy.

Then she found knitting.

Mia Blichfeldt with a sweater that she knitted. Photo Credit: Mia’s Instagram Page

Knitting might now be synonymous with a retired life and as far away from the hustle of a badminton court as imaginable, but Blichfeldt has taken a fancy to it.

The Danish world No.18 turned to knitting during the lockdown in Denmark and now swears by it as a great tool to calm her mind – something that she always had trouble with, on and off the court. Having knitted a cardigan and even impressed her grandmother with it, Blichfeldt has no plans to stop.

“I started knitting, which is very cosy and makes me relaxed, because I’m a person who always wants to do a lot of stuff, and don’t want to take a break. So I think knitting is very good for my soul,” said the Dane, speaking on video call from Copenhagen.

The meditative quality of knitting, Blichfeldt believes, will help her calm herself down, and help with on-court focus.

“I have been trying for so many years to find something that makes me calm down and relaxed, so I feel like I can take a break now, when before I wanted to do many things, and get stuff done all the time. So now I just enjoy having an hour just sitting on my butt and doing this.

“I think knitting’s a very grandma (kind of thing)… I feel much older than those my age! I think it’s nice to do something that makes me relaxed.

“It’s actually my little sister who made me start, she was asking why I shouldn’t start it again as I was knitting when I was much younger. But I was like, oh, if I start, I don’t know if I will finish it. But now I have time to finish it, so that’s been quite nice. I have just finished doing a cardigan, and now I’m doing a pullover. So I have many projects.

“When I made the cardigan, that was quite good. My grandma was like, did you make this? She was quite proud of me, because she’s quite good at it. But I tried to challenge myself with the knitting, as I do with my badminton, because I’m a very competitive person. So I try to make it as hard as possible, and sometimes when knitting is not working, I get so angry, and I can feel the same feelings in my badminton, when I lose a match.”

Blichfeldt was initially upset when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the circuit, but used the time in lockdown to recover from foot injuries and work on building a stronger mentality.

“I’m working a lot on my patience on court. Because sometimes it’s very easy for me to take my personality on court, so I play a little bit stupid and aggressive because I want to win so much. So I’m working very hard on putting my personality away from the court and trying to be more patient.

Blichfeldt is working on balancing her aggressive game with a calm mental approach.

“I had some troubles with both my heels and that’s much better now. I haven’t felt any pain for six weeks. This period has been good for my injury.

“I spent a lot of time talking to my physical trainer and my psychologist, because it was important for me that I had to get the best out of this period, but also see myself after this period. I had to work on some things that could be improved in this time. So I have been working on mindfulness. I feel that when I’m in stressful situations, I don’t get sad or angry.”

The Danish team returned to training – with restrictions – and the time spent away from the game – it was her longest break from badminton since she started playing at the age of 9 – told Blichfeldt how much it meant to her.

“I missed it so much that it was just a relief to get back, and it didn’t feel like I hadn’t been playing in two months. So that was quite nice, and I think it’s that feeling that has been built inside of me, so when I got back on court I wanted to do my best and try everything that I hadn’t tried in two months,” said the 22-year-old.

The break also had the effect of making her look beyond the immediate future. In that sense, she says, the lockdown has forced players to consider life beyond the bubble they were used to.

“There have been many thoughts in my mind and also about the future and Mia after badminton. If I say that I have to live a life without badminton in 10 or 15 years… so I have been thinking a lot about education and my future. But I’m thankful that I have the opportunity now to do what I love and not have to stress about it.”

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 Announces Updated Olympic and Paralympic Qualifying Regulations

BWF Announces Updated Olympic and Paralympic Qualifying Regulations

Following last week’s announcement of a revamped tournament calendar for 2020, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) can outline the updated qualifying regulations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo next year.

The priority was to ensure a fair solution to the disrupted qualification system in order to qualify players for the postponed Games. Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have approved the amendments.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “It has been a thorough process with the close and valuable consultation of the Athletes’ Commission to consider how best to make adjustments to the Olympic and Paralympic qualification system.

“We feel this is a fair solution for all athletes and it will be our first and main priority to conduct these tournaments as part of badminton and Para badminton’s adjusted return in the wake of COVID-19.

“Although we aim to resume international tournaments towards the end of 2020, we have chosen to resume the Olympic and Paralympic qualification process only in 2021 to ensure that travel restrictions and other related impacts of COVID-19 are limited.”

Olympic Games

  • All ranking points earned at tournaments completed during the original Olympic qualification period will be maintained under the Race to Tokyo ranking list.
  • An extended Olympic qualification period will be introduced from Week 1-17 in 2021 and includes the select number of tournaments that were postponed, cancelled or suspended due to COVID-19.
  • These eligible tournaments within the new qualifying period must be completed by Week 17 in 2021.
  • Tournaments rescheduled for the end of 2020 outlined in the revamped BWF Tournament Calendar 2020 released last week will not count towards qualification. Only the 2021 editions of each tournament.
  • Such eligible tournaments within this new qualifying period should preferably take place in the same corresponding week from 2020 to 2021.
  • If this is not possible, BWF will allow sanctioning on another date within Week 1-17 in 2021 subject to approval.
  • Players from China and Hong Kong China will be eligible to earn points from the 2021 Badminton Asia Team Championships as representatives from those Member Associations were not able to participate in the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila due to COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed on athletes from those nations and territories by the Government of the Philippines.
  • This approach has only been implemented for this singular team tournament impacted by the COVID-19 situation as no other team tournaments are included in the extended Olympic qualification period. However, players are offered a range of individual tournaments to enter.

A revised BWF Tournament Calendar 2021 with the actual dates for these eligible tournaments will be revealed later.

Paralympic Games

Only one tournament within the original Paralympic qualification period was cancelled due to COVID-19 – the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020.

It has now been included in the adjusted qualification system within a period from 1 January to 28 March 2021.

All ranking points earned at tournaments completed during the original Paralympic qualification period will be maintained under the Race to Tokyo Paralympic Ranking list. A date for the Spanish Para Badminton International will be announced in due process.

Lund added: “This change will allow players to complete their planned run for Paralympic qualification. It will also allow players to be able to live up to eligibility criteria as stated in the regulations, which is a minimum of three tournaments.”

BWF is still working on the exact model for the unfreezing of all world rankings in a staggered way to avoid any extreme drop off of points that would affect the ranking structure.

There are also ongoing considerations around the mandatory player regulations and other aspects of the BWF regulations, including new procedures for hosting international tournaments in the safest and most comfortable way for all participants.

A further announcement will be made once all circumstances have been carefully considered.

SEE LINKS FOR AMENDED REGULATIONS:

  • OLYMPIC GAMES – see Section 5.4.1
  • Section 5.4.1.1.  – OG – Qualifying Regulations for Tokyo 2020 (ENG)
  • PARALYMPIC GAMES – see Section 5.4.3
  • Section 5.4.3.1 – PG – Badminton Qualification Guidelines – Revised 27 May 2020
  • Section 5.4.3.2– PG – Race to Tokyo Paralympic Rankings Regulations – Revised 27 May 2020
  • Section 5.4.3.5 – PG – Guidelines for Bipartite Process – Revised 27 May 2020
Marcus Ellis | Part I: Our fittest athlete?
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith reached the semifinals of this year's All England Open and won the Thailand Masters in January.

Marcus Ellis | Part I: Our fittest athlete?

“Badminton is slow. Badminton is not physically challenging. Badminton is a hobby”. Let us dispel such myths for you.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Marcus Ellis was recently put through his paces by the University of Westminster in London to debunk such badminton fiction.

Badminton at the top level is an extremely physically demanding game and one of the toughest sports to feature on the Olympic programme. It requires strength endurance, muscular power, agility, speed endurance, anaerobic power and a capacity game to accelerate and decelerate.

Featuring on the Olympic Channel’s ‘Anatomy Of’ series, Ellis was put through a series of gruelling athlete tests to measure his fitness.

Ellis has a mean smash.

First up, is the BodPod test. A machine measuring your body composition covering volume and weight. It looks a bit like he’s about to be launched into space. He’s not. Ellis measured just four per cent body fat. That is one lean man. Four per cent body fat is comparable to that of a top long-distance cyclist or triathlete.

Measuring Ellis’s anaerobic fitness, he takes on the Windgate Test – a cycle test of anaerobic leg power, performed over 30 seconds. It’s a brutal one. Badminton players usually use anaerobic energy to fuel quick bursts of movement around the court, such as smashes and lunges.

After the 30-second test, Marcus measures 3.5 watts per kilo. Within five seconds, he has reached the peak power of that of an elite sprinter. Marcus trailed off halfway through the test, however, that’s consistent with his sport: quick bursts – reset – go again – reset.

So, he’s passed this one, too.

The penultimate test is the Counter-Movement Jump Test. A standing vertical jump. Now, you’d think a badminton player would be pretty good at this given the amount of time they spend smashing the shuttlecock? Well, you’d be right.

Marcus measures an incredible 51cm on the test. That’s phenomenally high. Compare that to a fencer (45cm) or a judo athlete (41cm). We predict he’d jump much higher in the right atmosphere; with a racket and a roaring crowd.

During lengthy matches, badminton players work aerobically using oxygen pumped around the body through the lungs and heart for high endurance exercise. VO2 max, also known as maximal oxygen uptake, is the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen a person can utilise during intense exercise.

Marcus is put on a treadmill for his final test and pushed to his limits to test his VO2 level. He gets to 15kph before he lifts himself off the treadmill after a gruelling run. Marcus topped 63 millilitres of oxygen consumed in one minute, per kilogram of body weight, comparable to that of top cyclists and marathon runners.

Marcus Ellis is clearly one of the fittest badminton players in the world. Not only capable of top sprinting speeds but also hardcore endurance to last those lengthy matches.

So, how does such an athlete maintain and improve his fitness during a pandemic? Watch out for Part II with Marcus Ellis later this week.

 

Thomas Cup Flashback: From Setback to Glory

Thomas Cup Flashback: From Setback to Glory

Indonesia’s performances at the Thomas Cup in the 1990s and early 2000s was one of the standout eras in badminton history. The Indonesians, having tasted defeat narrowly in the 1992 final to Malaysia, rebounded by beating the Malaysians at the next edition, and subsequently went on to win four successive titles.

Men’s doubles legend Rexy Mainaky, who was with four of those five Thomas Cup-winning teams, casts his mind back to his debut Thomas Cup in 1992, and through to his most emotional victory six years later.

A Well-Rounded Unit

The main reason for Indonesia’s great performances those days was the strength in singles and doubles; our coaches were also world class. In singles we had players like Ardy (Wiranata), Alan (Budikusuma), Hariyanto Arbi, Joko (Suprianto) and many others; in 2002, for example, Hendrawan played third singles for us! Then in doubles we had so many good players, such as Rudy Gunawan, Eddy Hartono, Bambang Suprianto, Ricky (Subagja), Candra Wijaya, Sigit Budiarto, and others.

Rexy Mainaky and Marleve Mainaky at an exhibition event in 2014.

Close Loss in Kuala Lumpur, 1992

We knew Malaysia were a strong team. China also were strong, but even they weren’t comfortable against Malaysia.

Those days, Malaysians were fanatical about badminton. Stadium Negara was massive, yet it used to be packed, there wasn’t any empty seat, especially when Malaysia played Indonesia in the final.

For me, it was the first time in the Thomas Cup. I had joined the national team in 1990, so it was less than two years. I played without feeling pressure, as I had nothing to lose.

A Foo Kong Keong Special

Foo Kok Keong of Malaysia.

We knew that in Kuala Lumpur, especially in Stadium Negara, nobody could beat Rashid Sidek. Ardy (Wiranata, first singles) had a very slim chance to get a point against him, but Alan (Budikusuma, second singles) always beat Foo Kok Keong. If it went to the fifth match, we knew Joko was favourite against Kwan Yoke Meng.

After Ardy lost to Rashid, Rudy Gunawan and Eddy Hartono got us level after they won the first doubles against Razif and Jalani. Alan was favourite against Foo Kok Keong, but on that day, Kok Keong played out of this world and upset Alan.

Ricky and I had always lost to Cheah Soon Kit and Soo Beng Kiang. It was a close match, but we lost. It was disappointing, but Malaysia those days was very tough, so I cannot say we were deeply hurt.

Eddy Hartono (left) and Rudy Gunawan.

Triumph in Jakarta, 1994

We were playing in Jakarta and we beat Malaysia in the final. We won the first three matches, so Ricky and I could not play the fourth match.

For sure it was an amazing atmosphere. We were out of this world, because I had always watched Rudy (Hartono) or Liem Swie King lift the Thomas Cup, and this time I lifted the cup. I cannot describe the feeling.

Difficult Circumstances, Hong Kong 1998

Indonesia won five Thomas Cup titles in a row, and I was with four of those teams. But the most emotional of those was in 1998, when we won the title in Hong Kong.

It wasn’t just about what happened on court. During that month in May, there was a lot of unrest in Indonesia. All the students in universities were protesting against the government, they wanted President Soeharto to step down.

There was some violence and naturally, all of us in the team were anxious. In fact, my wife was pregnant with our second child. We’d almost decided to not play the Thomas Cup final.

However, our chef-de-mission, Agus Wirahadikusuma, who held a senior position in the army, convinced us that we had to show to the world that Indonesia is a strong country. He assured us that our families would be safe. He took all our addresses and directed his men back home, in plainclothes, to provide security for our families.

‘We Fought Like Hell’

Once he did that, we were all at peace and stopped worrying. We all fought like hell. We wanted to show to the crowd and to the world that that Indonesia is a strong country, with a strong mentality, despite what the country was going through.

It was emotional for all of us. When we went to podium to receive the trophy, we wrapped the flag around us and we sang the anthem out loud, and we were all crying.

When we’d left Jakarta for Hong Kong, we’d actually been invited to the Presidential office by Soeharto; when we returned a couple of weeks later, BJ Habibie was president.

The situation in Indonesia had calmed down. Everyone in Indonesia was behind us and we all felt like one. When we went back, we went around the city, and everybody was cheering for us.

A Time to Create Music, for Teen Talent Lauren Lam

A Time to Create Music, for Teen Talent Lauren Lam

For a player who is still in her early days of elite competition, Lauren Lam already misses the atmosphere of the circuit.

The 17-year-old from the USA is among the youngest to compete on the World Tour – she was 15 when she played Super 300 events in Barcelona, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Gwangju in 2018. An understudy of senior pro Beiwen Zhang, Lam was in two semifinals at her last event – the K&D Graphics International Challenge, and had a busy schedule this year before the pandemic put paid to her plans. But it has also given her the time to spend time on another passion – music.

“I miss training and I really miss getting on court and tournaments, and all of that,” the California-based player says. “The first week of lockdown I stopped training, I was watching some old videos and looking back at the memories and how much I’ve grown. I missed that atmosphere at the tournaments, the pressure and the stress.

“At the beginning of the year, I did the whole year’s plan. I was going to train in various places when I went overseas and then play tournaments there, it was all settled. So when this pandemic hit, it was frustrating because I had spent so much time on planning my schedule and all of a sudden it’s gone. I feel very jealous because in some Asian countries they’re allowed to train, I wish I could be training with them.”

While the lockdown has affected her training and tournament schedule, she is thankful for the time it has given her to reflect on her game, besides preparing for her SAT tests and composing music.

“The good thing is that I can take time off to reflect on my badminton game, and that before the pandemic I was stressed about the SAT, which is a major test that is required to get you into US colleges. I was going to take that in March but since the pandemic started, it got cancelled, so that gave me much more time to study more and do more of my homework.

“I have a lot of free time, so I’m producing my music. I’m in the process of composing some songs. As soon as this quarantine is over, I will go to a studio and record it.”

As an independent player, Lam is used to being in charge of her workout regimen, but as she has no access to a court or a gym, she has made the best use of available space and resources, turning her garage into a workout space.

“I barely had any equipment. I had only a treadmill. I needed more training equipment, and I bought an exercise bike, and before the lockdown started on the last day of training, I asked my coach if I could borrow some stuff from the gym, so I got a lot of bands, balance equipment, weights. At home I do a variety of bodyweight, balance and muscle endurance exercises and cardio. I try to have at least two sessions a day.

“Most of my training is at home, but I go out twice a week to get as much outdoors running as I can. Running on the treadmill is different from running outside, and I just think I need a different scenario while training. I go to a local park. It’s pretty big and peaceful, so I just run around there, and I just find the sand boxes, and I sneak in and get as much training as possible.

“I have a workout buddy I train with. Since when I was in Asia or training with Beiwen (Zhang), and my trainers in Asia would teach me different exercises, and when I’m outside or working with my workout buddy, I remember those exercises.”

As for the badminton, Lam contents herself with a few drills.

“The most I can do is forecourt footwork at home and just swinging my racket, and hitting against the wall.”

Having been forced off the game for a few weeks now, Lam reckons she will be more appreciative of it when the circuit begins again.

“Maybe I will look at it differently in a good way, it’s kind of like a signal for me, a reminder for me to cherish every moment more than I did, because there’s only so much time you have in badminton.”

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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。

Tai Unveils Some New Cards

Tai Unveils Some New Cards

It is possible, given what we witnessed during Tai Tzu Ying’s YONEX All England campaign, that the Chinese Taipei ace has unveiled Version 2.0 of herself, to accomplish something that Version 1.0 was faltering at.

The result was a third All England – and one of her most revelatory victories yet.

There were other titles in recent times – such as the Singapore Open and the Denmark Open – but the All England this time was different. It allowed us to witness a side to Tai Tzu Ying that few had anticipated.

Primarily, this had to do with her shift from a purely attacking style to a more counter-attacking approach built on an aspect of the game she was not renowned for – her defence.

It is arguable that this change was necessitated by the increasing ability of her primary opponents – most prominently, Chen Yu Fei and Carolina Marin – to stonewall her opening volley of attacking shots, and thereafter establishing a rhythm they were comfortable with.

Her opponents, especially those with strong defences, had started reading her, and Tai was struggling to breach their defences. Chen, for instance, beat Tai in three finals in 2019 and early this year – the All England 2019, the World Tour Finals 2019 and the Malaysia Masters 2020 – and in the process took over from her as the world No.1.

Marin too had her tail up against Tai, after bouncing back from six straight losses to post successive wins at the VICTOR China Open and the French Open last year.

It was these two opponents that she took down in succession for the All England crown this year.

Marin was in intimidating form in Birmingham, having reduced Akane Yamaguchi to a forlorn state during a 21-15 21-12 rout in their quarterfinal. Marin had created all the buzz and was going along well with a first game win against Tai.

The Chinese Taipei maverick, instead of seeking to pile on the pressure from the opening shot, chose instead to challenge Marin to attack and back her own defence. Once the rally was underway, Tai could rely on her repertoire of strokes to create the openings she needed.

“I think she was waiting a lot for my attacking shots and that’s why she played the lift and push me to the back of the court. She was cleverer than me today. She played a bit different today. We know each other well, and you need a different plan for every match. I have to plan another strategy with her next time,” said the beaten Marin.

It was much the same approach in the final against a player who has won her last nine finals. Chen was challenged to find a way past Tai’s defences; having absorbed whatever her opponent threw her way, Tai chose her moment. Even an inconsistent spell in the opening game didn’t throw her off-track, for she demonstrated the kind of patience that she isn’t really known for.

“Today I kept reminding myself that I had to be very patient in order to win, because Chen is a very consistent player and good mover,” said Tai, after clinching her third All England crown.

“I wasn’t satisfied with my performance the past few days but I’m glad I could gradually improve my game with each match. I told myself to cherish every moment on court and to play my very best.

“I think it boils down to patience. In the past I would get frustrated and make many unforced errors.”

With a successful demonstration of a different approach to the game, does Tai Tzu Ying have more surprises in store?

世界羽联将暂停举办更多巡回赛

世界羽联将暂停举办更多巡回赛

世界羽联在与东道主会员协会和各大洲羽毛球联合会密切协商后达成共识,采取必要步骤,暂停原计划于5月、6月和7月举行的汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛、世界羽联低级别巡回赛和其他世界羽联批准的比赛。

受影响的比赛包括三个汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛,其中包括2020印尼公开赛,此外还有青少年和残疾人羽毛球比赛也将暂停举办。

二级国际比赛:

  • 2020澳大利亚公开赛(6月2 – 7日)
  • 2020泰国公开赛 (6月9 – 14日)
  • 2020BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛 (6月16 – 21日)
  • 2020俄罗斯公开赛 (7月7日至12日)

低级别国际比赛:

  • 2020李宁丹麦挑战赛(5月7 – 10日)
  • 斯洛文尼亚挑战赛(5月13 – 16日)
  • 2020尤尼克斯拉脱维亚国际挑战赛(5月28 – 31日)
  • 2020越南国际挑战赛 (6月2 – 7日)
  • 2020立陶宛国际挑战赛(6月4 – 7日)
  • 2020加拿大国际残疾人羽毛球赛(6月9 – 14日)
  • 2020俄罗斯国际青年挑战赛(6月25 – 28日)
  • 2020俄罗斯国际挑战赛 (7月1 – 5日)
  • 2020年全英青少年羽毛球锦标赛(7月16 – 19日)

全球范围内的COVID-19疫情升级导致所有各方确认暂停这些比赛。所有运动员及其随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷的健康和安全一直是我们优先考虑的事项。

上周,世界羽联冻结了世界排名和世界青年排名,排名可以追溯到2020年3月17日。世界羽联将在疫情得到缓和之后提供更明确的解冻排名方案。

世界羽联还在审查2020年东京奥运会和残奥会改期对奥运会和残奥会积分资格的影响。这一审查过程预计将持续数周,随后世界羽联将发表进一步声明。

我们始终与受这一全球流行病影响的每一个人同在,我们鼓励人们呆在家里,保持安全。

Yuhan Tan in WADA Athlete Committee
Yuhan Tan of Belgium.

Yuhan Tan in WADA Athlete Committee

Belgium’s Yuhan Tan was appointed to the Athlete Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency by the WADA Executive Committee on Wednesday.

The left-hander, who represented Belgium at two Olympics (2012 and 2016), joined 12-time Paralympic medallist Chelsey Gotell in the Athlete Committee. Another former badminton international, Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic, is also a part of the 11-member Athlete Committee.

New Zealand’s Ben Sandford succeeded Beckie Scott as chairman of the latest committee.

There are five WADA Standing Committees for 2020 – Athlete; Finance and Administration; Compliance Review; Health, Medical and Research; and Education.

Tan has prior experience in representing athletes – he was part of the BWF Athletes’ Commission from May 2013 to May 2017, and as Chair of the commission, was a BWF Council member from 2015 to 2017.

After a 14-year playing career, Tan’s last event as a competitive player was the Rio Olympics in 2016.

世界羽联将冻结世界排名及世界青年排名

世界羽联将冻结世界排名及世界青年排名

世界羽联在此宣布将冻结世界排名和世界青年排名,解冻日期另行通知。

由于爆发了COVID-19疫情,从2020年3月中旬到2020年4月底,羽毛球界经历了一次前所未有的国际赛事空窗期。目前我们很难确定下一场国际赛事将在何时举行,预计5月和6月还将有更多的比赛暂停。

冻结排名的日期可以追溯到第12周,也就是最后一场国际比赛——2020尤尼克斯全英公开赛之后的那一周。

于2020年3月17日发布的排名表将作为下一场国际赛事确定参赛种子选手的基础——尽管现阶段很难确定下一场国际赛事将在何时举行。世界羽联将在之后提供更多的信息,以说明在国际巡回赛开始后,排名最终将如何“解冻”。

然而,在我们对恢复比赛和重新安排之前已暂停的比赛后的国际赛程有一个准确的了解之前,很难在现阶段给出准确的解冻方案。

我们正在商讨解决方案,以一种交错的方式来解冻排名,以避免任何极端的分数下降影响球员排名结构。

世界羽联正在与运动员委员会紧密联系,以了解COVID- 19疫情对运动员造成的负面影响。运动员委员会完全支持从第12周开始冻结世界羽联世界排名,并同意需要根据目前正在审查的更准确的赛事日历信息来确定解冻排名的确切程序。

世界羽联希望在未来几周内就重新安排的比赛发布更多信息,这也将为排名解冻提供更清晰的信息。

继昨天宣布将2020年东京奥运会改期至2021年7月23日至8月8日之后,世界羽联现在还将启动审查程序,以确认对奥运会积分资格的任何影响。请注意,冻结世界排名的后果将不适用于奥运会积分资格。

这一审查过程预计将持续数周,一旦所有情况都得到仔细考虑,世界羽联将作出进一步宣布。

 

**注:从3月17日起的冻结排名将从今天(2020年3月31日)起生效,直至冻结结束。

 

Conrad-Petersen to Bid Adieu After Thomas Cup

Conrad-Petersen to Bid Adieu After Thomas Cup

Mads Conrad-Petersen, one of Denmark’s best men’s doubles players over the last decade, has called time on his career. In a statement released by Badminton Denmark, Conrad-Petersen announced that his last event would be the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 that is scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark, in August this year.

Conrad-Petersen’s most productive partnership was with Mads Pieler Kolding; the duo achieved a career-best ranking of No.4 in 2018. He was in three Superseries finals with Kolding – Hong Kong Open 2017, French Open 2015 and India Open 2015.

But Conrad-Petersen’s biggest achievement would surely be the Thomas Cup title that Denmark achieved in 2016, the first time a non-Asian country achieved that honour. A crucial victory in that campaign was Denmark’s 3-2 result over defending champions Japan in the quarterfinals, in which Conrad-Petersen teamed up with Mathias Boe to beat Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

The partnership with Kolding ended in 2018, after which Conrad-Petersen paired up with Boe. The duo won the Spanish International, the Canada Open and the Russian Open last year, but were less successful at top-tier events. The 32-year-old is currently ranked No.18 with Boe.

In a message on his Facebook page, Conrad-Petersen said:

“I have had so many incredible moments during my badminton career and I am so happy and proud of what I have achieved together with my partners through the years. Many ups and downs but to be honest it is definitely the victory moments, the feeling of improving and reaching the highest of my potential that (is) up in my head…

“On all parameters I am mentally done, and I look forward to a new life where I am sure I will do even better than on the badminton court. I look forward to be judged also from my personality and human skills and not only my badminton skills.

“But badminton has been giving me so many friends and connections around the world and memories I will never ever forget. I have travelled around the world and played in the most legendary arenas, and beaten almost everyone with Kolding especially… Lots of memorable matches in my head and lots of good quality time with all my different partners throughout the years.

Conrad-Petersen (far right) was a vital part of the Thomas Cup-winning team of 2016.

“I am really proud of my career even though I never reached the last level required to win the biggest titles and get the biggest medals and I am thankful for the experiences I have gotten through my professional badminton career.”

Badminton Denmark said it would miss Conrad-Petersen.

“We are obviously sorry that such a talented player like Mads chooses to stop,” said Jens Meibom, Director of Elite Sports. “But we respect the decision he made… We will miss Mads here at the training and we hope that we can make use of Mads’ knowledge and skills in badminton at some point in the future. We wish him and the family all the best in the future.”

Also read:

‘Give Each Other A Smile – The Badminton Is Better’

Ten Months to Self-Discovery

 

世界羽联关于2020年东京奥运会和残奥会延期声明

世界羽联关于2020年东京奥运会和残奥会延期声明

COVID-19疫情导致了许多无法预知的挑战。今天,我们与国际奥委会和国际残奥委员会一道,对东京奥运会和残奥会延期举办表示支持。

世界羽联完全支持国际奥委会主席巴赫、日本首相安倍晋三和东京奥组委昨天做出的决定,即“将奥运会的时间安排到2020年以后,但不晚于2021年夏季”。

正如大家所了解到的,平衡整个体育界是一项复杂的工作,因此我们支持这一决定是因为我们知道这对国际奥委会和东京奥组委来说有多么困难。我们允许所有各方为各自的利益作出积极有效、明智和周全的讨论。

关于新的举办日期,我们现在仍然不确定。但是我们希望羽毛球界能够允许并耐心等待世界羽联与国际奥委会、国际残奥委员会以及东京奥组委进行合作并达成共识 ,以便让大家更好地了解未来事情的进展。

对于我们的运动员,我们将审核延期对奥运会和残奥会积分资格的影响,以确保找到一个公平的解决方案,使运动员有资格参加延期举行的奥运会。世界羽联也在考虑在国际赛事重新开始之前冻结世界排名的可能性。然而,我们仍在致力于技术解决方案,以确保世界排名的冻结和最终解冻对所有球员都是公平的,我们将很快宣布这一方案。

现在,我们想到的是受这一全球疫情影响的每一个人。从一开始,所有运动员、他们的随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷们的健康和安全就是我们的首先考虑问题。与此同时,我们也在考虑如何保护羽毛球这项运动,确保它在这个时期能够有效平稳的运行。我们意识到这其中的一个重要部分是我们国际羽毛球运动员的生计,因为在目前的情况下,未来几个月将很少有比赛举办。

世界羽联将继续监测所有关于covid-19的消息,并在世界卫生组织的指导下,国际奥委会和世界羽联的卫生专家将为球员们和羽毛球界的利益做出最佳选择。同时,我们也全力支持国际奥委会、国际残奥委会和东京奥组委,为推动东京奥运会、残奥会成为历史上最伟大的奥运会而努力。

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2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办

2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办

世界羽联确认,原定于4月28日至5月3日举行的2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办。此项赛事属于汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛超级300系列赛事

随着全球范围内Covid-19疫情的影响,世界羽联和新西兰羽毛球协会在与相关赛事伙伴的密切协商之后一致决定,决定暂停赛事举办。

所有运动员及其随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷们的健康和安全一直是我们优先考虑的。而各国旅行和检疫限制的加强以及随之而来的后勤问题也导致了许多航班的停飞。

新西兰羽毛球协会表示,这一决定遵照了新西兰政府的建议,以帮助缓解COVID-19疫情的传播。赛事组织者和新西兰羽毛球协会考虑了所有相关的健康、安全和后勤方面的风险,最终做出了这一决定。

COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

Following last week’s announcement that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was suspending all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday April 12, a further five tournaments have also been cancelled or postponed.

This includes the suspension of the three Continental Confederation championships scheduled for week 17 on the BWF Tournament Calendar – one of the last chances for athletes to gain qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before the April 26 deadline.

Suspended Tournaments

  • VICTOR Croatian International 2020 (16-19 April)
  • Peru International 2020 (16-19 April)
  • 2020 European Championships (21-26 April)
  • Badminton Asia Championships 2020 (21-26 April)
  • XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (23-26 April)

The escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak globally has led the BWF, in close consultation and consensus with its Continental Confederations and Host Member Associations, to confirm the suspension of these tournaments.

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

Heightened travel and quarantine restrictions and the subsequent extreme logistical complications this has caused also contributed to the suspension.

Badminton Europe said they and Ukrainian Badminton Federation were forced to postpone their flagship tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine as a consequence of the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly across the continent.

Badminton Asia took similar measures to suspend its tournament in Manila, Philippines. The Badminton Asia Championships 2020 had already relocated once, switching from Wuhan, China to Manila due to the COVID-19 outbreak in that city.

Meanwhile, Badminton Pan Am also said it was no longer feasible to stage the XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 in Peru because of health and safety fears linked to COVID-19. The tournament was originally planned for Guatemala City.

All five tournaments were slated to be played within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying period, but will no longer contribute to Olympic qualifying as they will now fall outside the qualification window.

BWF will make a further announcement on any implications related to the Olympic qualification period at a later date.

The following international Para badminton tournaments have also been suspended.

Suspended Para Badminton Tournaments

  • African Para Badminton Championships 2020 (20-19 April)
  • Uganda Para Badminton International 2020 (27 April – 03 March)

The decision to suspend the two tournaments and all Para badminton development activities around these, was made in close consultation with all the parties involved, and taking into account the health, safety and wellbeing of participants during this extraordinary time.

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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Kidambi Srikanth – A Search for Form

Kidambi Srikanth – A Search for Form

Kidambi Srikanth assures himself that things will turn around; that staying injury-free and working hard are key to recapturing the peak that he once occupied.

It’s a sentiment he often expresses; it’s a response he offers spontaneously to questions on form.

From a heady time of winning titles breezily, to struggling to stitch up a sequence of wins, the Indian has witnessed first-hand the vagaries of form.

But what, really, is form?

What is its relationship with fitness, with confidence, with technical adaptability, and with coaching? Kidambi is having to confront these questions at a fundamental level.

The reference year for the Indian is 2017, when he won four Superseries out of five finals and rose to world No.1 on the back of those successes. The following two seasons however saw a steep fall – in the 24 events he played in 2018 and so far in 2019, he exited at the quarterfinals stage or earlier in 21; ten of those being first or second-round losses.

At the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 his struggles were manifest against opponents like Nhat Nguyen and Misha Zilberman, before he fell in rather lacklustre fashion to Thai 20-year-old Kantaphon Wangchaoren.

“It’s not like I’m playing badly,” Kidambi offered, after the Zilberman match. “The opponents really are playing a level higher. For them (lower-ranked opponents), it’s a big event, there’s not much to lose, so they play their heart out.”

It was his way of rationalising what would have seemed below-par performances when he was at his peak. There are many underlying aspects to form – and Srikanth has had to field questions on several of them, particularly on his self-belief.

“I definitely cannot say it’s a confidence issue, but if I keep winning some matches continuously, I’ll definitely get that confidence back,” says Kidambi, contradicting himself somewhat. “It’s definitely a matter of time. It’s nothing other than that. The moment you start winning some matches, you automatically gain that confidence and you feel you’re on top of the world, and you end up playing so well that you never even imagine.”

For Kidambi, his slide from No.1 to No.10 is mainly about the injuries that cropped up from time to time, which he says prevented him from establishing winning momentum.

“In the last eight to ten months, I haven’t been able to train for a longer period, I was getting injured and then coming back and training for a week or two and then playing a tournament, and then I’m pushing too much at tournaments and injuring myself again. I want to go back and train for a longer period, and I think if I can do that from now, for the next 12 months, I will be in good shape for the Olympics.”

A recurring question has been the shift of the Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo from India to Singapore; his exit coincided with Srikanth’s dipping fortunes.

Kidambi responds by pointing to the performance of Singapore’s singles shuttlers, two of whom did capture attention at the Worlds – Yeo Jia Min, who upset Akane Yamaguchi, and Loh Kean Yew, who nearly did the same against Chou Tien Chen.

“I think Mulyo definitely made a lot of changes; it’s just not me, the others also performed really well in 2017 and you know, he definitely has something in him. If you see the Singapore players, they are doing well, like Loh Kean Yew, and Yeo Jia Min beating Yamaguchi, it’s not an easy thing. He’s definitely done that.

“I think he has that in him, he’s definitely made the change the moment he went to Singapore… We also have a Korean coach who’s doing really well. Personally, the issue is with me, it’s not with the coach for now. It’s more about playing continuously, training continuously.”

Is Kidambi’s dilemma on form therefore a classic chicken-and-egg situation – that he can’t build confidence without getting great results, and he can’t get great results if his confidence isn’t high?

He sounds certain on what he has to address.

“It’s about getting physically 100 per cent, about training really hard, that’s what matters for me now. I’m really not in a hurry to do it, I’m looking at the Olympics as a target, peaking at the Olympics, so it’s about gradually increasing the load.”

The nostalgia about 2017 is there, but he acknowledges he has to move on.

“People have moved on from there, people have improved from 2017, it’s been two years, and everyone might have moved a level higher. But for me, I might be playing at that same level. If I can train well and move a level higher, I will get there.”

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.

我为羽球狂
School children living the joys of badminton from the BVG programme in Alaska.

我为羽球狂

克内赫特尔和丽莎一直都对羽毛球充满热情。

值得一提的是,上世纪70年代,克内赫特尔和丽莎开始喜欢上羽毛球这项运动。这对已婚夫妇于是决定从北卡罗莱纳一路到美国阿拉斯加,接下来发生的事情是惊人的。

Knechtel and Ward take badminton to Alaska.

2005年,他们成立了一个名为“BGV”的非营利组织,旨在通过羽毛球推广健康和积极的生活方式,以激励阿拉斯加和其他地区的年轻人。

他们把羽毛球介绍给了安克雷奇的5万多名学生,大约占阿拉斯加人口的7%。从那以后,BGV成为了一个成功的草根项目。

“这个项目最初是沃德学校的一个非盈利衍生项目,目的是让社区的人参与进体育锻炼中。”Knechtel透露。

“这在一定程度上是因为体育,以及人们对于健康的追求。2004年,我们邀请了刚从雅典奥运会回来的美国退役羽毛球运动员韩凯文和参加项目的孩子们一起打羽毛球。”

韩凯文的“追寻梦想,设定目标,最重要的是接受教育”理念给学生们留下了深刻的印象。

2017年,克内赫特尔和丽莎决定扩大他们的项目。

“为什么?因为如果你能在阿拉斯加成功,你就能在任何地方成功。阿拉斯加是美国最大的州,比德克萨斯大1.5倍,也是种族最多元的州。”

丽莎补充说:“我们最初的目的是让更多的孩子积极参与体育运动,从而改善他们的健康。羽毛球是我们项目的重点。”

American Olympian Wang and a student enjoy playing ‘air guitar’.

作为一名羽毛球运动员,丽莎为BGV带来了丰富的经验,并能够通过一系列想法联系教育工作者,为儿童提供一个合适的羽毛球外展项目。

她说:“通过教师讲习班、会议演示和课堂指导,我们已经接触到了阿拉斯加超过5万名儿童。我们看到了羽毛球的积极效果,这是我们的热情所在。”

教育工作者的反应证明是卓有成效的,因为该方案继续得到使用。美国羽毛球球员Iris Wang和凯尔近年来也参与其中。

“哇,孩子们的反应真是棒极了!”丽莎兴奋地承认。

该项目的资金来自个人和美国羽毛球教育基金会,前运动员为该项目捐款。克内赫特尔和丽莎一分钱都不拿。

孩子们对这项运动的热情让克内赫特尔和丽莎想要继续下去——他们已经收到了大量的正面反馈。

猎户座小学的一个三年级学生问他们:“我们下周能再打羽毛球吗?”而一群六年级学生则热衷于帮助他们“在课间把它教给小孩子”。另一个五年级的学生惊呼:“这是有史以来最好的游戏!”

对于热爱羽毛球的人来说,很难否认这一点。

Wang joins the students for a group picture during her recent visit.

The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes

Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?

“You need to be able to forgive yourself. Stay positive when the tide is against you. If we can do things when the pressure is on, we can get the most of ourselves.”

Yuta Watanabe shares with Olympic Channel his philosophy in life and sports.

“They deserve every applause and accolade.”

Carolina Marin after offering all her medals to Spain’s healthcare workers. Story here.

“I played some crazy badminton that day but lost. That was probably the hardest day of my career.”

Kirsty Gilmour has never played a tougher match than her 2018 Commonwealth Games semifinal defeat to Saina Nehwal.

“I had hoped to play until 2024, but of course it should be in a project where I can see myself.”

Carsten Mogensen reveals the reason for his retirement. Story here.

“If you can make it in Alaska, you can make it anywhere.”

Paul Knechtel on why he remains committed to making badminton prominent in Alaska. Story here.

“I love badminton, it requires physicality, technique but above all tactics. It’s a duel like chess but with the added physical aspect.”

French Para badminton player Mathieu Thomas on why the sport is special.

“He had that explosive pace, he must have been badminton’s version of Shoaib Akhtar.”

Arvind Bhat likens the recently retired Lin Dan to Pakistan’s cricketing legend.

“If I gain weight by March, I won’t compete anymore. But I hope to have an opportunity to work hard to participate at the 2021 National Games.”

Lin Dan himself on his future plans.

 

Cheuk Yiu Banks on Building Patience
Lee Cheuk Yiu soaks in the moment after his career's biggest win, at the Hong Kong Open 2019.

Cheuk Yiu Banks on Building Patience

Lee Cheuk Yiu, who authored the most unanticipated title victory of the last season, is seeking to work on improving his patience before the circuit restarts, as he senses increased attention from opponents.

The Hong Kong China player, whose journey from qualifier to champion at the Hong Kong Open last November created a sensation, accepted that he had to be prepared for his game being analysed in detail.

“Now I know many players have their focus on me, so I think I need to change a few aspects of my game. I might need to change,” he said. “I’m planning to keep playing with patience, both during training and during competition. The circuit will start again after a few months. These two months in my training might be more specific, to make me stronger, and get the tournament feeling.”

The winning moment – Ginting’s net shot is ruled a fault.

Lee’s performance at his home tournament had come without warning, for he had never crossed the first or second round of 19 previous tournaments. Promoted to the main draw from qualifying, he successively took down far more fancied opponents in succession – third seed Shi Yu Qi in the second round; Viktor Axelsen in the quarterfinals; Kidambi Srikanth in the semifinals, and then, in an absorbing final, Anthony Ginting. It was a fairytale week for someone who had been on the fringes of the elite level.

“I think it was my mind, I played with patience, and not just fast,” he recalls.

In his four tournaments since then, Lee can take heart from the Indonesia Masters, where he beat Chou Tien Chen and Shi Yu Qi for a place in the semifinals. After a first round loss at the All England, the team returned to Hong Kong, where they had to spend a month in lockdown.

Lee Cheuk Yiu surprised opponents with his attacking game.

“One of the travellers on our flight was infected, so we were quarantined in a hotel for 14 days when we landed,” says Lee. “It was quite boring, we could only stay inside, and just order food. We did some bodyweight training in the room to maintain fitness. We got back to the training centre after we were declared safe. In the first week, we trained to get back our feeling and fitness.

“Now my condition is quite good. Normal training started two months ago. I just want to keep my confidence high for the future when the circuit starts.”

Voting Delegate’s Webinar Get Ready for the BWF virtual AGM 2020

Voting Delegate’s Webinar Get Ready for the BWF virtual AGM 2020

Thank you to the 115 Members who took part in the video conferences last week. The list of questions and answers from the 6 video conference sessions will be uploaded on the website later today, and we will notify the membership when this is published.

If you have any further questions on the virtual AGM, please email me.


Please find the following. Please forward this to the relevant people / your voting delegate(s):

  1. Voting Delegate’s Webinar – Wednesday 15 July 2020 @ 1900 KL time
  2. Nominate your AGM Delegate(s) – deadline Thursday 16 July @ 1900 KL time
  3. Members with Registered Delegates – status of registrations
  4. What do voting delegates need to do? – Getting ready for the virtual AGM.
  5. Observers – how do you register observers?
  6. Useful Information – getting ready for the virtual AGM 2020

1.Voting Delegate’s – Register Now for the Webinar this Wednesday @ 1900 KL Time

When?          Wednesday 15 July at 1900 KL Time

Who for?      Voting Delegates / Second Delegates

What?          – How to login to the virtual AGM

                     Completing the test vote on Friday 17 July

                     How to vote during the virtual AGM

                     – What will the virtual AGM be like?

How Long?   1 hour

Register?    See the BWF memo of 13 July for details on the registration, or contact Patricia [email protected] for details.

More Info?       We will send out the presentation on Tuesday evening KL time.


2. Nominate your AGM Delegate(s)

Nominations for the AGM close on Thursday 16 July at 1900 KL time.

Members can nominate up to 2 delegates to the AGM – a Voting Delegate and a Second Delegate. Send the completed form to Patricia [email protected] as soon as possible – the form can be downloaded from the website (linked here).

Please make sure you receive confirmation from Patricia that your delegate(s) is officially registered. If you do not get a confirmation email, assume that we have not received the nomination form.


3. AGM Delegates Registered so Far


4. AGM Delegates – What do you Need to Do?

To get ready for the virtual AGM, delegates need to:

  • Print out the AGM Agenda (linked here).
  • Look at the 4 video clips on the Council proposals – if you need more information on Items 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 of the agenda.
  • English – Council proposals (linked here)
  • French – Council proposals (linked here)
  • Spanish – Council proposals (linked here)
  • Look at the Chairs video reports (linked here)
  • If you need to discus with your board about how you will vote for each proposal.
  • Send us your questions [email protected]

5. Observers at the virtual AGM

Under the constitution, the Chair of the meeting has the right to accept observers to the meeting.  Please contact Pat – [email protected] to register observers.


6. Useful Information – Get Ready for the 2020 AGM

  • All AGM documents – AGM Page of the Website – download these documents
  • Nomination Form – Virtual AGM 2020
  • Annual Report 2019 / Highlights Video 2019
  • Agenda of the Meeting – the Order Paper / Agenda – revised 02 July 2020
  • Annexure A – Minutes of the last AGM – 23 May 2019
  • Annexure B – Audited Financial Statements 2019
  • Annexure C – Budget 2020 and Forecast 2021 / 2022
  • Annexure D – Council Proposal – BWF Constitution

 

Icy Alaska Goes Wild for Badminton
School children living the joys of badminton from the BVG programme in Alaska.

Icy Alaska Goes Wild for Badminton

Paul Knechtel and Lisa Ward have always had a passion for badminton.

Remarkably, Knechtel was introduced to the sport by a Canadian Eskimo in the 1970s. The married couple then decided to take their love for it from North Carolina all the way to Alaska, USA with a big idea. What came next, was astonishing.

Knechtel and Ward take badminton to Alaska.

In 2005, they founded BadmintonGoesViral, a non-profit organisation which aims to promote healthy and active lifestyle through badminton to motivate the youth of Alaska and beyond.

The tandem introduced badminton to over 50,000 students – about seven per cent of Alaska’s population – in Anchorage and BGV has been overseeing a successful grassroots programme since.

“The project began as a non-profit spinoff with Ward’s school (where she was a qualified P.E. coach) to bring people from the community into the school,” reveals Knechtel.

“It was partly because of sports and for people with a story to tell about their discipline. We invited (retired American shuttler) Kevin Han who had just returned from the Athens 2004 Olympic Games to play badminton with children from the project.”

Han left a lasting impression on the students with his “follow your dreams, set your goals and above all else, get your education” message.

In 2017, Knechtel and Ward decided to amplify their programme.

“Why? Because if you can make it in Alaska, you can make it anywhere,” Knechtel quips. “Alaska is the largest state in the US, 1.5 times bigger than Texas and the most ethnically diverse.”

Ward adds: “Our initial purpose was to get more kids physically active in a sport that can improve their health. Badminton is the focus of our programme.”

American Olympian Wang and a student enjoy playing ‘air guitar’.

A shuttler herself, Ward brings a wealth of experience to BGV and was able to connect educators with a portfolio of ideas to provide a suitable badminton outreach programme for children.

“Through teacher workshops, conference presentations and in-class instructions, we’ve reached well over 50,000 children in Alaska,” she says. “We saw how badminton could fit and spread on the programme and that’s our passion.”

Response from the educators proved fruitful as the programme continues to be used. American badminton stars Iris Wang and Kyle Emerick have been part of it in recent times.

“Wow, the reaction from the children just blossoms,” Ward excitedly admits.

Funding comes from individuals and the USA Badminton Education Foundation, with former players donating money to the programme. Neither Ward nor Knechtel take a cent.

The children’s enthusiasm for the sport makes Ward and Knechtel want to keep going – they have been inundated with positive feedback.

A curious third grader from Orion Elementary had asked the pair: “Can we play badminton again next week?” while a group of sixth graders are keen on helping them “teach it to little kids during our recess”.

Another fifth-grade student exclaimed: “This is the best game ever!”

For those in love with badminton, it would be hard to disagree with that.

Wang joins the students for a group picture during her recent visit.

Team Japan is Back on Court
Hirano with Akiko Sugino (left) and Yohei Hatakeyama (right), after a practice session in June this year. (Photo: JPBF)

Team Japan is Back on Court

The Japan Para Badminton team returned to training at the Hulic Nishikasai Gymnasium in Tokyo in mid-June, adhering to strict guidelines in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) and after approval from the Japan Paralympic Committee.

Kazumi Hirano, chairman of the Japan Para Badminton Federation (JPBF), talks about their plans to get back on track for Tokyo 2020.

What are the guidelines to resuming full-time training?

We are resuming activities in stages, beginning with hygiene management of the facilities. Phase 1 is the at-home training which athletes have been doing since the lockdown. Phase 2 is when we started allowing use of the gymnasium by limiting the number of people and duration to light daily sessions. Things will return to normal by the time we reach Phase 5 on 26 July, after which doubles pairs can train together. However, if COVID-19 cases start increasing again, the earlier phases will be restored.

What about Phase 3 and 4?

In Phase 3, the allocated time is up to three hours per session for each player including the time of entry to and exit from the building. Therefore, the actual training time may be less than two hours.

Phase 4 allows six hours, which is two three-hour sessions for each player. One session is badminton practice, and the other is training. It is only light training to avoid any temporary drop in immunity due to fatigue.

What was the condition of the players returning to training?

The players showed symptoms such as weight gain, loss of motivation, psychological stress. As a result, some players were able to return smoothly to training, while others are starting from scratch. Some players are wary of COVID-19 because they need to travel. Each player has different feelings but by explaining the phases and JPBF’s strengthening plan, I feel that the players are becoming more optimistic.

What was done to prepare for this return?

When the players were in isolation, the coaches and I monitored their training and fitness. We then started to work to restore the athletes to perfect condition. When they returned, the coaches studied each player’s condition and offered a suitable course for each one of them. This is an ongoing process involving the JPBF coaches and medical team, the Sports Science Department of the National Science and Sports Centre, and myself.

Hirano (left) and the players with BWF and Tokyo 2020 officials at the launch of Air Badminton in Tokyo in November 2019.

How is this system working so far?

For now, I think it’s going well. We understand the condition of each athlete and are responding to their needs. We have strict rules in the gymnasium and players have been told to avoid using public transportation, to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible. If adjustments are needed depending on the Coronavirus situation in Tokyo, we are prepared to respond flexibly.

What is the most difficult part of planning and implementing this phase system?

We believe our plan is within our expectations. I find it difficult to make predictions on factors outside of JPBF. Recently, for example, the number of COVID-19 infected people in Tokyo is starting to increase again. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, a self-isolation period may be imposed again. Then, our well-prepared plan, designed to get us moving in the same direction with the players, will be rolled back. Maintaining the motivation of the players, as well as the staff, will be a huge challenge. It will be difficult to deal with new restrictions caused by external factors beyond our control.

What do you believe is the long-term impact of the lockdown on the sport?

As the global economy slumps due to the impact of COVID-19, there is concern that some Para sports organisations may suffer due to a decrease in sponsorship activity.

How did the lockdown and being away from competition affect the athletes?

The 2019 schedule was hard so the lockdown gave us all a chance to rest our bodies and mind. Even as an organisation, the JPBF has been able to take time to review our plans. However, not being able to practice and compete together has had some negative effect on players’ performances.

How has the postponement of the Paralympics affected the athletes?

The psychological damage caused by the postponement of the Paralympic Games is big, and the reason being the pandemic has resulted in some players having a negative attitude. But the world is currently disrupted by COVID-19. We need to act and think positively, to look forward to the day when humanity will overcome this situation and we can meet our Para badminton family around the world again.

世界羽联关于中国羽毛球巡回赛的声明

世界羽联关于中国羽毛球巡回赛的声明

世界羽联了解到中国国家体育总局发布的今年内原则上不举办其他国际性体育赛事和活动的有关方案。

我们正在与包括中国羽毛球协会在内的相关合作伙伴保持密切联系,以便更清楚地了解情况以及这种情况对于世界羽联2020年的赛事日程的影响。

目前还没有进一步的消息。

BWF Statement on China Tournaments

BWF Statement on China Tournaments

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is aware of the directive announced by the General Administration of Sport of China regarding the restriction of international sports for the rest of 2020.

BWF is in close contact with its relevant partners including the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) to get more clarity on the situation and how this affects the BWF Tournament Calendar 2020.

There will be no further comment at this point in time.

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 – 22 May 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 10 July, BWF announce update on postponed and cancelled tournaments (see the announce linked here)

On 7 July, BWF announce update on cancelled tournaments (see the announce 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

  • 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

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

  • 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.
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