2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

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

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

 

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

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

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

TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 Draw

TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 Draw

The draw for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 was staged at BWF Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Indonesia and Japan will headline as the top seeds for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup respectively.

Thomas Cup: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D

Uber Cup: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D

This year’s TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals will make history as the first co-hosted finals in Europe, in the modern and dynamic Danish city of Aarhus.

With the ongoing support of our title sponsor TOTAL, this edition of the most prestigious men’s and women’s team competitions in badminton promises to be spectacular.

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

BWF Chief Operating Officer Stuart Borrie said: “We acknowledge the many disruptions this year to our calendar but we would like to assure you that the BWF continues to monitor the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19 and to plan for a safe return to international badminton.

“We trust everyone within the badminton community is keeping safe and well and preparing for the return to international competition.”

The TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 is due to be held 3-11 October in Aarhus, Denmark.

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

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

Tine Baun celebrates after winning the All England 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career Highlights

All England – Winner (2008, 2010, 2013)

World Championships – Bronze (2010)

Japan Open – Winner (2007)

Other Major Honours

European Championships – Winner (2010, 2012)

Malaysia Open – Winner (2008)

Denmark Open – Winner (2009)

Interesting Fact

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

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

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The final was an intense battle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

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

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

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

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

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

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

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

An Se Young

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

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

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

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

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

Michelle Li

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

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

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

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

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

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

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

Anthony Ginting

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

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

Saina Nehwal

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

Badminton Icon: Judy Devlin

Badminton Icon: Judy Devlin

Throughout badminton’s history, a group of special players carved themselves a CV and legacy very rarely matched by their peers. In this series, we will take a look at those remarkable athletes.

“Don’t unwind. Keep your mind focused on the next obstacle, keep the thoughts flowing, the plans evolving and the overall target firmly in your thoughts.”

 

Judy Devlin
USA/Britain
Active: 1953-1973

Judy Devlin dominated women’s singles and doubles from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s.

She was born in Winnipeg, Canada to parents who excelled in sport – her father was the legendary Irish shuttler Frank Devlin and her mother a Wimbledon-class tennis player.

At 18, Devlin won her first two All England titles in 1954 – the women’s singles and with her sister Susan, the women’s doubles.

Devlin went on to almost match her father’s All England record with her 17 titles – 10 in women’s singles and seven in women’s doubles. That makes her the competition’s third most successful player, behind her father, who has one title more. Devlin more than compensated for the slim deficit by winning an impressive 31 titles at the US Open.

With over 80 titles in individual competitions – she was also part of the USA team which won three successive Uber Cups (1957, 1960, 1963) – Devlin can be ranked as the most successful female player in badminton history.

Devlin was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation) Hall of Fame in 1997.

After marrying British player Dick Hashman in 1960, she switched nationalities and led her new team to victory at the 1972 European Championships (women’s doubles and team gold).

“I used to have to work for a living, practice time was limited. One-hour session was usually all that could be done. In that short time the emphasis had to be on quality rallying, accuracy and disguise.”

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Devlin lost only one match in five campaigns over 14 years at the Uber Cup.

Read how Devlin inspired Team USA to glory at the inaugural Uber Cup in 1957.

Stars of the Past: Susan Devlin Peard

Stars of the Past: Susan Devlin Peard

When sisters Susan and Judy Devlin triumphed at their All England debut in 1954, they had taken an early step in building on the legacy of their father, the great all-rounder Frank Devlin.

Judy, Sue and Frank Devlin on the 1950s quiz show ‘I’ve Got A Secret’

Devlin netted 18 All England titles in a stellar career; years later, his daughters returned to keep the spotlight on that famous surname. Judy attained as much renown, if not more, with 17 All England titles of her own, six of those in women’s doubles with her sister Sue. The Devlins could veritably be called the First Family of badminton.

With Frank for father, and Grace Steed, a leading tennis player, for mother, Sue and Judy were born into sport. What was it like growing up in the Devlin household?

“It was just mother and dad and the things they did,” says Sue Devlin, who took the surname Peard after marrying the accomplished Ireland international Frank Peard. “We were very young, and we didn’t know what my father’s record was, but we learned fairly young, but it didn’t really have any great impact as far as we were concerned.

“He would play with us when we were young, and just show us various things. The only thing we were was that footwork was important and things should come easily. He would hit with us and he had a couple of very kind friends who had badminton courts of their own, and he would take us over weekends when he wasn’t working to just play with us. Sometimes these people played with us. It was all about playing and to make it as easy as possible for your own body.”

Both Sue and Judy were good at other sports, such as tennis, hockey and lacrosse. Sue and Judy were among the top tennis doubles pairs of their time – on one occasion even making the quarterfinals of the US Open. They also represented the USA internationally in lacrosse.

However, it was at badminton that they sparkled, particularly at the All England between the mid-1950s and the mid-1960s. Sue was also on the first two US teams that won the Uber Cup in 1957 and 1960.

What made the sisters choose badminton over tennis?

“I don’t know! I suppose badminton was – father was there, and there was no particular reason. Those days you could play both. It is totally different now where you stick with one. There are things you learn from one racket sport that can pertain to another.

“Sport wasn’t a profession to us. We loved it and it was a pastime, and because we loved it we wanted to be better at it. Judy was more into it that I was. I would never dream in my youth of only playing one sport or another and making a career out of it.”

Sue (sitting, left) and Judy (right) at an exhibition event in Belfast in 1961.

Sue attributes the Devlin sisters’ success in doubles to the understanding between them.

“We both read the game the same. We practised against two men who were quick on their feet, but didn’t have a powerful smash, it was ideal for us. We didn’t do fitness training, we played whatever sport was going.

“I think you’ve got to enjoy what you are doing. Now, you can read books by various tennis players, what comes to mind is Agassi, who really hated his tennis – his father drove him – and I know there were others. With us, there was none of that, it was general enjoyment and no pressure at home. So if we’d done well, yes, there was a pat on the shoulder, but nothing to say we were brilliant. And when you get better at things, you do enjoy it. Our approach would be, we don’t want to lose this, we want to do all we can. We want to stay there till the bitter end.”

While in the US, Sue, who had a BSc degree in physiology and bacteriology, worked at the John Hopkins University. Following her marriage and relocation to Ireland, she continued to contribute to badminton as player, and later as coach and administrator. She received several honours for her services to badminton, including the Ken Davidson Award from the American Badminton Association, and the Meritorious Service Award from the IBF (now BWF).

Frank Devlin (left) and Sue Peard with fellow-All England champions TH Boyle, Ian Maconachie and JL Rankin at the European Championships 1976.

The game has changed almost unrecognisably, and while Sue acknowledges that players have become fitter and faster, she believes the change in equipment from wood to metal came at the cost of one aspect of the game – deception.

“The change from our time to now is the enormous emphasis on fitness and being able to continue running for an hour and a half or longer, and less emphasis on the strokes you might play and the whole working out of how you would get a point. And any sort of deception, which I think is difficult with tightly strung rackets.”

What stands out in her mind on the playing conditions of her days?

“There was no heating. Gosh, there was one tournament in Scotland, it was unbelievably cold, and even the Scots were frozen. There was no heating in the changing room, it was a bit of a misery. You just had to get on with it. It was the same for all the players, you just had to do your best.”

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Update – BWF World Rankings and Tournament Cancellations

Update – BWF World Rankings and Tournament Cancellations

More cancellations of international tournaments have recently been announced due to the COVID-19 situation. BWF is in close contact with the remaining 2020 tournament hosts to assess the feasibility of international tournaments going ahead or whether more tournaments will have to be cancelled. BWF will make ongoing announcements as the situation evolves.

In this connection, BWF is continually reviewing the best way to unfreeze the World Rankings, taking into account the impact of how points count towards world rankings for tournaments taking place in the new few months.

 

Tournaments Restarting 2020

BWF is trying to create a detailed overview of the tournament situation for the rest of the year, and the exact way to unfreeze the ranking will to a large extent, be dependent on how many international tournaments will actually be able to take place.

Although tournaments may take place in the coming weeks and months with the first tournament presently being Yonex Latvia International (28-30 August 2020), it has not been decided to unfreeze the World Rankings immediately after the completion of this first tournament. Exactly how points from such completed tournaments will be counted towards future rankings has yet to be finalized.

BWF believes that it is important that World Ranking points be awarded to international tournaments as this is an important factor and incentive for such tournaments (and players) to actually take place and be completed in a viable way.

It is however clear that the COVID-19 situation is creating challenges for a fully equitable way for all players around the world to participate. Therefore BWF is seeking to take into account the very special circumstances of the world situation we are presently facing and to ensure that awarding points will not disproportionately create unreasonable impacts on the overall World Ranking structure.

BWF will make further announcements around the situation as soon as possible, but due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation and its development in the next months, it is not possible to provide an exact timing of this time.

BWF will keep you updated on an ongoing basis as decisions are made.

Players Undertaking Required for top 100 WR Players by 30 September

Players Undertaking Required for top 100 WR Players by 30 September

On 27 November 2019, BWF sent out a notice that each player in the top 100 World Ranking (men’s/women’s singles / doubles and mixed), must individually sign a ‘Players Undertaking’ (see the announcement).

This undertaking describes 1) BWF Commitments and 2) Player Commitments. It is designed to highlight some of the obligations players have under the regulations, when competing internationally.

Please find a letter (linked here) from Thomas Lund, Secretary General which:

  • Reminds Members of the obligation and asks for your assistance to follow up;
  • States that 75% of players have completed this requirement;
  • Details a new deadline of 30 September 2020 to return the remaining forms;
  • Reminds Members that each player must provide a personal email address as part of this declaration process.

If you have any questions, contact Jessy Sung [email protected]


Background

Article 4.12  of Section 5.1 – General Competition Regulations (linked here) states the following:

  • For Player’s ranked number 100 or above in any Event on the World Ranking, such Players must sign the BWF Players Undertaking to retain the status as a Registered Player for Entry.
  • Section 5.3.6 – Player Commitment Regulations also states the same obligation.

Implementing the Players Undertaking

BWF is requesting that all Member Associations who have players in the top 100 World Ranking, assign someone responsible in their Association to implement this.

The BWF has uploaded on the website, information and ideas for implementation (linked here). This includes:

  • The Player Undertaking in 9 different languages – English, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.
  • Ideas for Implementing the Players Undertaking
  • Basic Information / Links to Regulations – Anti-Doping | Integrity | Media | Privacy

The deadline for Member Associations to provide the signed Player Undertaking for each of their players in the top 100 World Ranking is 30 September 2020.

BWF will be writing to each Member Association individually in the next two days to provide further information. In the meantime, please read the enclosed.

Please contact Jessy Sung at [email protected] or myself if you have any questions regarding the enclosed.

Tournament Updates – Grade 3 / Junior Internationals

Tournament Updates – Grade 3 / Junior Internationals

Further to our most recent tournament update on 29 July 2020 (linked here), BWF gives notice that these seven tournaments have been cancelled and one further tournament has been postponed. This has been done in consultation with the tournament hosts and the relevant Continental Confederation:


Cancellations

  1. Cameroon International 2020 – Yaoundé – 8 – 11 October
  2. WONCHEON YONEX Korea Junior Open Badminton Champs – Miryang – 26 Oct – 01 Nov
  3. Colombia Junior Internacional 2020 – Manizalez – 12 – 15 November
  4. Scottish Open 2020 – Glasgow – 19 to 22 November 2020
  5. Botswana International 2020 – Gaborone – 19 – 22 November
  6. Singapore Youth International Series 2020 – Singapore – 23 – 29 November
  7. Vietnam International Series 2020 – Danang – 01 – 06 December

Postponement

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

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

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

Badminton Quiz: Camilla Martin

Badminton Quiz: Camilla Martin

This week’s quiz is on the former world champion Camilla Martin. Take this quiz to find out how well you know the Danish legend!


World Junior Rankings 2020

World Junior Rankings 2020

BWF has noted and we welcome the return of international junior badminton in some regions where it is possible to play safely and where a reasonable number of entries from outside the tournament territory are possible.

However, with the various and varying worldwide travel restrictions and infrequent international junior tournaments, we do not believe we can unfreeze the world junior rankings without mitigating action.

Therefore players will receive world junior ranking points for their participation but we will roll the World Junior rankings onwards without dropping off past weeks/tournaments at this time so that players who were unable to travel and compete will not be unduly penalised.

So for example, the Bulgarian Junior Open Championships 2020 points gained this week, will be added to the current 52 week WJR (frozen on 17th March) and no points dropped off. So effectively becoming a ranking of more than 52 weeks.

This will continue with future international junior tournaments until such time as we can unfreeze the rankings fully.

Notification around the unfreezing methodology (including dropping off points/tournaments) will be sent out by BWF once we have more clarity around the junior tournament calendar.

Please contact Chris Trenholme, Senior Technical Events Manager [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the enclosed.

户外羽球赛亮相迪拜海滩
AirBadminton was a hit at the Beach Sports Week in Dubai.

户外羽球赛亮相迪拜海滩

上周,由迪拜体育局主办的户外羽球赛在迪拜的著名景点风筝海滩成功举办。

Medals were awarded in five tournaments.

虽然本次阿联酋户外羽球巡回赛欢迎所有羽毛球爱好者参加,但根据迪拜体育局的要求,受疫情影响,此次比赛只接受12-60周岁的运动员报名。

共有16名女运动员和40名男运动员参加了男单、女单、男双、女双和混双五个单项的比赛。

世界羽联迪拜羽毛球推广负责人贾弗·易卜拉欣说:“本次比赛是一次推广户外羽球的好机会,因为这是一项在疫情期间也可以参与的安全的运动。”

Safety measures were enforced at the tournament.

“我们希望通过组织这次赛事作出榜样,未来迪拜在疫情期间组织的每一场体育比赛都应该严格遵循(像这样的)预防措施。”

“我们的主要目标是在不违背防疫条款的同时逐渐恢复迪拜的羽毛球比赛。”

“所有运动员和工作人员被要求全程佩戴口罩和手套,比赛前后场地和器材均使用消毒设备进行了消毒。”

“总的来说,这是一次非常成功的比赛。海滩游客们非常享受参与比赛,还有一些已经报名了之后的赛事。”

两次户外羽球比赛落户阿联酋后,使得这项运动在当地越来越受到欢迎。许多参与者表示在接下来的几个月中还会继续参加此类推广户外运动的比赛。

 

AirBadminton Makes Mark at Beach Sports Week in Dubai
AirBadminton was a hit at the Beach Sports Week in Dubai.

AirBadminton Makes Mark at Beach Sports Week in Dubai

AirBadminton made an appearance at the Beach Sports Week organised by Dubai Sports Council, at the famous Kite Beach in Jumeirah 3, Dubai last weekend.

Medals were awarded in five tournaments.

The AirBadminton Tournament was open to all badminton players in the UAE, however, due to COVID-19 regulations outlined by the Dubai Sports Council, entry was limited to players between 12 and 60 years of age.

A total of 16 women and 40 men participated in five events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

BWF Dubai Badminton Development Manager, Jaffer Ebrahim, said the tournament was a great opportunity to promote AirBadminton as a safe sport in these times.

Safety measures were enforced at the tournament.

“We wanted to conduct a model event, showcasing the precautions every event organiser must follow for future events in Dubai during COVID-19,” he said.

“Our main goal was to reinstate badminton events in the UAE under strict COVID-19 protocols.

“Players and technical officials were always wearing masks, gloves and using sanitising equipment to fall in line with these protocols.

“Overall, it was a successful tournament with beachgoers very keen to play and a number have since registered their interest in future events.”

AirBadminton has become very popular in the UAE after the staging of two events now.

More activities are planned in the coming months to continue to promote the new outdoor game in the region.

Find out more about AirBadminton here.

 

 

 

 

芭芭拉·弗雷尔:能者创造历史
Fryer hopes to pave the way for more women referees.

芭芭拉·弗雷尔:能者创造历史

东京2020对于芭芭拉·弗莱尔来说十分特别——她将成为世界羽联在奥运史和残奥史上的首位女裁判长。弗雷尔从2004年开始担任国际裁判。这个消息让她十分振奋。

“我希望在我之后能有更多的女性裁判能获得这份荣誉。她们同样非常优秀。”

弗雷尔最初在瑞士奥组委工作,1986年她开始接管瑞典羽协的工作,还在伯尔尼建立了自己的工作室。90年代,她利用自己心理学知识基础为年轻运动员提供职业规划咨询,如今组织内还设立了专门的咨询部门。

担任残奥会的裁判长的感觉如何?

“接到委任函时我很激动。我从2000年开始担任残疾人羽毛球的裁判,能在这项运动首次亮相残奥会赛场时就收到这份荣誉让我感觉无比荣幸。

你做残疾人羽毛球的裁判多久了?

“大概有20年了。保罗·科佐(BWF残疾人羽毛球副主席)问我是否有兴趣担任首届残疾人羽毛球的裁判。那时我还不知道能在轮椅上打羽毛球,我愉快的答应了,然后做到了现在。“

 为什么成为了羽毛球裁判?

“我曾经是排球项目的运动员和裁判。我刚为瑞典羽协工作时,我就加入了一个成员都是新手的俱乐部,我很快就迷上了羽毛球,但是我打的不够好,于是我下定决心要成为一名羽毛球裁判。”

 2021残奥会你需要做哪些准备?

“最重要的是去年在东京残奥会场馆举办的测试赛。尽管和比赛的实际情况不完全一样,裁判员们需要熟悉设备,向组委会提出作出调整的要求。我们还要按照国际残联的要求测试OMEGA的设备和积分系统,这和常规的测试赛是不一样的。我被繁琐的文书工作吓到了。所幸BWF之前举办的赛事能够提供一些经验。

Fryer (centre) with Kurzo (extreme left) and other officials at the TOTAL BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2019.

残奥会的推迟对筹备有何影响?

我还是和原来测试赛时配合过的裁判组一起工作,很高兴我们合作十分顺利。我希望2021年能如期举办奥运会和残奥会。

 残疾人运动员比赛时可能出现哪些问题,教练员和裁判员该如何处理?

残疾人羽毛球项目对赛程安排的合理性提出了很高要求。因为流程较多,第一轮通常采取小组赛的形式,所有比赛需要在四到五天内就打完。

有一些适用于轮椅羽毛球的特殊规则,比如运动员坐的位置、脚的固定,以及在击球时运动员的部分身体部位必须与轮椅接触。裁判员看的完全清楚是很难的。

我们还需要为比赛中可能出现的假肢、轮椅或固定物的损坏做好准备。尽管羽毛球规则也适用(于残羽),我们还是要尽量确保对对方运动员是公平的。

 你希望看到残疾人羽毛球巡回赛的哪些改变?

巡回赛的各项工作都在向更加职业化的方向发展,能够为大众带来更好的观看体验。未来(我们考虑)把巡回赛分成两个类别,创办更多的只有女性能参与的比赛,希望能将这项运动推广到更多的女运动员中。

 残疾人羽毛球裁判工作吸引你的是什么?

家人般和睦的氛围。残疾人羽毛球还是一个正在寻求更广发展的新兴项目,我将和教练员和运动员们更加紧密合作去提升这项运动的影响力。

担任残疾人羽毛球裁判你收获了什么?

谦逊。每一位努力克服自身缺陷、争取比赛胜利的运动员,值得我们每个人的尊敬。

 你认为成为优秀裁判的条件是什么?

我们需要很强的适应能力,要学会团队合作以及和不同的人沟通协调。思维开阔、及时变通、有耐心和幽默感会让人在这条路上走得更远。