Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

The year keeps getting better on the personal front for Para shuttler Manasi Joshi.

While 2020 has been a setback for many athletes, Joshi has had one after another individual accolade head her way.

The latest feather in the Standing Lower (SL3) world champion’s cap is recognition by British public service broadcaster BBC, which has included Joshi in its 100 Women of 2020 list.

The annual list, which honours the most inspiring and influential women from around the world, this year fetes those who are leading change and making a difference during these pandemic-hit 12 months.

BBC in its write-up, rightly highlights that Joshi “aspires to drive a shift in how disability and Para-sports are perceived” in her native India.

“Don’t let the tough times get the better of you, keep exploring every possibility. Give yourself some time off every day,” was Joshi’s message to women published on BBC’s website.

Prior to this, the 31-year-old became the first Para athlete to be named a Next Generation Leader by the TIME magazine and also had a Barbie Doll modelled after her.

Joshi, who lost her left leg in a traffic accident, is now working towards qualifying to Tokyo 2020 next year, when badminton will make its Paralympic Games bow.

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

今天,世界羽联与泰国羽毛球协会举行了签约仪式,标志着汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛超级 1000巡回赛和汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛将按照原计划于2021年1月在泰国曼谷举行。

此次活动由世界羽联副主席兼泰国羽毛球协会主席Leeswadtrakul主持,世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶和世界羽联秘书长托马斯·伦德出席线上会议。泰国副总理兼卫生部长Anutin Charnvirakul和旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn也出席了此次活动。

赛程安排:

尤尼克斯泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月12日 – 17日

丰田泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月19日-24日

汇丰2020世界巡回赛总决赛:2021年1月27日-31日

亚洲赛季是继本月初丹麦羽毛球公开赛成功举办之后的又一举措,它确保了羽毛球巡回赛事的重要性,并保护了国际羽毛球运动员的生计。

世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶说:“亚洲赛季为我们提供了一个重要机会重启羽毛球巡回赛,重新见到我们的球员们。“

“泰国在组织大型羽毛球赛事方面有着悠久的历史,我们相信我们的东道主会在2021年1月带来一个精彩的羽毛球月。我们有机会一起让羽毛球在国际体育史上再次闪耀。”

旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn在他的讲话中说:“这三场羽毛球比赛被认为是恢复国家旅游经济的一个伟大机会。这也展示了泰国主办世界级体育赛事的潜力。巡回赛的举办符合旅游和体育部的愿景,以发展和整合旅游和体育。此外,这三站巡回赛也可以成为泰国新常态下其他体育比赛的标准。”

Leeswadtrakul补充说,能主办亚洲赛事是泰国羽毛球协会的荣幸,并感谢泰国政府、所有相关者和主要合作伙伴汇丰银行、尤尼克斯和丰田为这一赛事的举办做出的贡献。

“我们对在泰国举办这些具有重大意义的羽毛球比赛给予了极大的支持,并将严格控制监测每个人的安全和健康。”

“这些比赛将会让国人为泰国感到骄傲,因为这是第一次在一个月内在一个国家举行三场这样的比赛。同时,预计还将刺激自COVID-19疫情以来一直停滞不前的经济。”

汇丰泰国区首席执行官开尔文·陈表示,汇丰期待2020赛季汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛能有一个完美的结局。

“我们很高兴看到国际羽毛球赛事回归亚洲,这项运动对我们和亚洲地区的客户都意义重大。我们也要感谢世界羽联和主办方,感谢他们使这些体育赛事能够在球迷和球员的健康和安全的前提下继续进行。我们期待着在2021年1月迎来一个激动人心的羽毛球月。”

关于亚洲赛季的后勤、健康和安全措施的进一步细节将在之后公布。

Thailand Excited To Deliver Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour

Thailand Excited To Deliver Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour

Today, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) participated in a signing ceremony with the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) to signify the staging of the two HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournaments and HSBC BWF World Tour Finals planned for Bangkok, Thailand in January 2021.

The event was hosted by BWF Deputy President and President of Badminton Association of Thailand, KhunyingPatama Leeswadtrakul, and attended in a virtual capacity by BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund.

The ceremony was also attended by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, and the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Phipat Ratchakitprakarn.

The three tournaments are named as follows:

YONEX Thailand Open (Super 1000) 12-17 January 2021
TOYOTA Thailand Open (Super 1000) 19-24 January 2021
HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 27-31 January 2021

 

The Asian leg follows the successful staging of the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 earlier this month and is a further move to ensure badminton remains relevant and to protect the livelihoods of international badminton players.

BWF President Høyer said: “The Asian leg presents an important opportunity for us to kickstart badminton’s successful return and to see our players back in action.

“Thailand has a strong history of organising major badminton tournaments and we trust our hosts to deliver a spectacular month of badminton in January 2021. Together we have the chance to make badminton shine once again on the international sports calendar.”

The Minister of Tourism and Sports said in his address: “These three badminton tournaments are considered a great opportunity to restore the country’s tourism economy. It is also showcasing Thailand’s potential to host world-class sporting events.

“The staging of the tournaments aligns with the vision of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to develop and integrate tourism and sports. Furthermore, the three events can also be criteria for other sports competitions in Thailand in the new normal.”

Leeswadtrakul added that it was an honour for BAT to host the Asian leg and thanked the Government of Thailand, all government stakeholders and principle partners HSBC, Yonex and Toyota for their contributions in making this possible.

“We have tremendous support to deliver these historic badminton tournaments in Thailand under strict control for the safety and health of everyone.

“The tournaments will make people proud of the country because it is the first time that three tournaments of this kind will be held in one month in one country. At the same time, it is expected to stimulate the economy that has been stagnant since the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

Kelvin Tan, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Thailand said HSBC was looking forward to a fantastic conclusion to the HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 season.

“We are pleased to see the safe return of international badminton to Asia – a sport that means a lot to us and our customers across the region. We’d also like to thank BWF and the tournament hosts in Thailand for enabling these sporting events to go ahead with the health and safety of fans and players as a firm priority. We look forward to supporting an exciting month of badminton in January 2021,” Tan said.

Further details on tournament logistics and health and safety measures at the Asian leg will be revealed in due course.

Denmark Open Passes Crucial Test With Flying Colours

Denmark Open Passes Crucial Test With Flying Colours

From cautious optimism on the opening day, to fulfilment and triumph at the end, those closely involved with the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 were treated to a rewarding journey and learning experience.

The caution in the lead-up to the event – on the part of BWF, Badminton Denmark, players and their entourage – was understandable. All it would take was one positive COVID-19 case to throw a spanner in the works. Thus, months of preparation had gone in to ensure that the event wouldn’t be thrown off course.

Anders Antonsen was one of the many players glad to be back.

A colour coded ‘bubble’ system was devised to keep the players and core personnel shielded from those who were relatively at risk. It was badminton’s first implementation of such a system. The biggest victory at the Denmark Open was the success of this system – it proved that, given meticulous preparation and constant vigil, an event of this level could be possible, without compromising on any of the key features of the HSBC BWF World Tour.

A lot is owed to the outstanding work of hosts Badminton Denmark, who along with BWF devised and put in place thorough testing measures, as well as necessary contact tracing and isolation quarantine protocols in the event of a positive test. The extent of these procedures provided a safety net of calm and reassurance for all involved.

At the outset, and despite the withdrawals of many leading teams, there were several top players who brought star power to the event – Chou Tien Chen, Anders Antonsen, Kidambi Srikanth, Nozomi Okuhara, Carolina Marin, Michelle Li, Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge, Lauren Smith, Chris Adcock, Gabrielle Adcock, and Japanese women’s doubles players Yuki Fukushima, Sayaka Hirota, Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.

Quite significantly, the players knew how important it was that an event be held after months without competition – both for themselves, and for the sport.

“I thought it was important to play here,” said Chou, voicing his support for the tournament’s organisers and BWF. “Next year is the Olympics, and I want to play at a high level. I want to thank everybody involved for setting up this tournament so that we could play.”

Similarly, Okuhara – who later in the week won the title – was all praise for the officials who had worked for the event. “I appreciate that I could attend this Denmark Open and that people have worked towards making this happen. The last seven months I was confused in my daily life, how to practice and so on. But I wanted to go to a tournament as soon as possible. I feel special, and I thank every fan and supporter,” she said.

All eyes are now on the three-tournament Asia leg in Bangkok, Thailand in January.

The learnings gathered from the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 will now form the blueprint for how those tournaments, and others to follow, will be held.

COVID-19 Protocols for DANISA Denmark Open 2020

COVID-19 Protocols for DANISA Denmark Open 2020

The much-awaited DANISA Denmark Open 2020 begins tomorrow. It marks the return of competitive badminton after seven months.

Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Denmark have published two key documents outlining relevant health and safety protocols in place during tournament week.

These were devised based on recommendations from the Danish government, health authorities and host organisers, and aim to shield competitors and core tournament personnel from direct contact with the outside world; and within the competition space, to minimise interaction and thereby negate the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Bubble System

Core tournament personnel including players, team entourage, technical officials, tournament doctors, technical support staff, plus BWF and Badminton Denmark officials were tested upon arrival in Odense over the weekend.

Upon showing a negative result, they entered a bubble system or Green Zone and must follow guidelines and restrictions related to the bubble system for the rest of the tournament. They will be subject to another test during mid-week and regular temperature screenings at the hotel and venue.

It is important to note that this bubble system does allow athletes to move in a limited way outside the hotel and venue (see details below).

Any participant who tests positive will be quarantined and contact tracing and isolation quarantine measures will be implemented under the guidance of the BWF, Badminton Denmark and Danish health authorities. Players with confirmed positive tests or those required to undergo mandatory isolation will be withdrawn from the tournament.

Designated Green Zone hotels and shuttle services to and from the venue are in operation.

Player Protocols

Players have been briefed to reduce contact with other participants and potential points of transmission by avoiding handshakes and receiving shuttlecocks from dispensers instead of service judges, as well as not interacting with the audience.

They are also required to enter and exit from Green Zone points, and have to follow a Green Zone path to access warm-up courts, practice hall or competition courts. Green Zone personnel are prohibited from going to other areas and accreditation cards have QR codes to help monitor and restrict movement.

The only media allowed to conduct socially distanced interviews live onsite with players are pre-approved, tested personnel from Host Broadcaster, BWF and Badminton Denmark. Interviews are to be done in accordance with strict protocols outlined in the Media Operations & Safety Procedures document including the mandatory use of masks and other sanitising equipment. Non-tested media will only be able to conduct interviews virtually.

Once outside the venue, players are encouraged to return to their hotel room, not socialise or go to crowded areas, and to stay in as much as possible during their time in Denmark. Players will have access to meals at their hotel or by ordering via food delivery service JustEat.

However, if players wish, procedures are in place to allow them outside into safe, non-congested areas in Odense City to exercise and buy food and groceries provided they follow all associated safety protocols related to such movement.

A green route has been marked on a map showing suitable places to walk or run and there is a list of pre-approved restaurants cleared for catering takeaway meals and even one with a private room where players can eat onsite.

Additional Measures

  • All courtside equipment such as umpire tablet and umpire’s chair will be cleaned after every match.
  • Players and court officials march in and out keeping social distancing protocols in mind.
  • Only a maximum of 500 spectators daily are allowed into the Odense Sportspark under revised guidelines.
  • Inspectors will be monitoring the spectator areas to quickly handle any gathering of spectators and will regulate spectator traffic in the corridors.
  • All corridors will be divided with one-way traffic.
  • Spectators at catering areas and stalls are regulated to avoid build-up of people.

These strict BWF Covid-19 Safety and Health protocols were created for a reason and we are confident the tournament will run smoothly and safely for the benefit of all players and participants involved.

Japan Confirm Withdrawals from Denmark Open
Akane Yamaguchi is among those who have withdrawn from the DANISA Denmark Open.

Japan Confirm Withdrawals from Denmark Open

Nippon Badminton Association have confirmed the withdrawal of several Japanese players, including world champion Kento Momota, who were originally scheduled to play at the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 next week.

However, fans can still look forward to seeing some of the top Japanese players in action. Nozomi Okuhara, 2017 women’s singles world champion; women’s doubles world champions Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara; All England champions Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota; Gwangju Korea Masters champions Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, and men’s singles world No.16 Kenta Nishimoto have confirmed their participation.

Apart from Momota, the other Japanese players/pairs who have withdrawn are:

Men’s Singles: Koki Watanabe, Kanta Tsuneyama

Women’s Singles: Akane Yamaguchi, Aya Ohori, Sayaka Takahashi

Men’s Doubles: Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe, Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, Akira Koga/Taichi Saito

Mixed Doubles: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, Akira Koga/Nami Matsuyama, Takuro Hoki/Wakana Nagahara

Former Denmark Open women’s singles champion, India’s Saina Nehwal, and husband Parupalli Kashyap have also withdrawn.

Denmark Open – An Opportunity for Rising Stars
France's Christo Popov is one of Europe's brightest prospects.

Denmark Open – An Opportunity for Rising Stars

A clutch of young players have the opportunity to make their mark at the DANISA Denmark Open 2020, which will showcase the return of competitive badminton after a seven-month hiatus.

While the spotlight, understandably, will be on marquee names such as Kento Momota, Chou Tien Chen, Akane Yamaguchi, Michelle Li and others, the Super 750 event could be the perfect platform for a breakthrough performance from those transitioning from the junior ranks.

Click here for the draw

France’s Christo Popov, who won the first medal for his country at the World Junior Championships last year, is one of Europe’s brightest young prospects. Interestingly, in the opening round the left-hander takes on fellow-teenager Lakshya Sen. The Indian has been causing ripples on the circuit, for he has already starting winning titles at the senior level, and the match between the two will probably be a trailer of things to come.

Canada’s Brian Yang.

The top quarter has Brian Yang, runner-up at the Pan Am Games. Yang will have to hit the ground running, for he faces top seed Kento Momota first up, which should prove a valuable experience for the young Canadian.

Another young name to watch is Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen, who faces Spanish veteran Pablo Abian in the bottom quarter.

With substantial ranking points and prize money at stake, this is also a good opportunity for those with experience. India’s Parupalli Kashyap hasn’t written himself out of Olympic contention yet, but has a tough draw as he is in the same quarter as Momota.

Jan O Jorgensen, Denmark Open winner ten years ago, will also sense his chances of recapturing glory on a stage he has excelled in the past. If Jorgensen as expected passes his first two tests, he could run into junior compatriot Anders Antonsen, who is leading Denmark’s challenge.

Denmark’s Line Christophersen.

In women’s singles, hosts Denmark will hope for their crop of young players to come good on home turf and provide optimism in a category that hasn’t given them many dividends in recent years. Line Christophersen, runner-up at the World Junior Championships 2018 and winner of the Belgian and Dutch Internationals last year, has risen quickly up the ranks; she takes on compatriot Line Kjaersfeldt.

Then there are Amalie Schulz (19) and Julie Dawall Jakobsen (22), winner of the Polish Open 2019.

Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara are seeded to meet in the final; among those favoured to prevent that eventuality are names like Carolina Marin and Beiwen Zhang – who are both in the same quarter; Michelle Li, Saina Nehwal and Mia Blichfeldt.

Japan are expected to dominate the doubles. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and All England champions Yuta Watanabe/Hiroyuki Endo head the opposite ends of the draw in men’s doubles, while Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara are similarly placed in women’s doubles.

Fans will look to Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (men’s doubles), Stefani Stoeva/Gabriela Stoeva (women’s doubles) and Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (mixed) to lead the European challenge.

Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour Moved to January

Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour Moved to January

The Asian leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 will now take place in Bangkok, Thailand in January next year. It will feature two Super 1000 tournaments, culminating with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals. The decision was announced at a BWF Council meeting on Thursday evening. This means the 2020 season will now finish in January 2021.

Badminton World Federation and Badminton Association of Thailand, in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, completed a feasibility study to ensure all parties can provide a safe COVID-19 framework to stage the three tournaments.

The study concluded Thailand to be the agreed host of the three-tournament Asian leg. BWF greatly appreciates the cooperation of the Badminton Association of Thailand and the support and contribution of the Government of Thailand in committing to this important step as part of the restart of international badminton tournaments.

Tournament Schedule

  • Asia Open I (Super 1000) – 12-17 January 2021
  • Asia Open II (Super 1000) – 19-24 January 2021
  • HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 – 27-31 January 2021

It was agreed by the BWF Council that staging the Asian leg in November as originally planned was no longer a viable option in being able to guarantee the highest standard of tournament including securing all logistical arrangements for players and participants.

The January dates provide BWF with the best possible opportunity to resume and complete the HSBC BWF World Tour for 2020 as part of our return to international badminton.

The three Asian leg tournaments now sit alongside the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 (13-18 October) in forming the conclusion to the new-look HSBC World Tour 2020 calendar.

BWF will publish detailed tournament information such as safety protocols and operating procedures, plus impacts upon World Rankings and next season’s BWF Tournament Calendar at a later date.

Please see attached and linked here an Open Letter from BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and Secretary General Thomas Lund

The BWF President, BWF Deputy President (and President of Badminton Association of Thailand) and BWF Secretary General will be available for media questions during a Virtual Press Conference via Blue Jeans next Tuesday 29 September at 6pm Kuala Lumpur time (CEST +6). Media are advised to register by emailing [email protected]. Individual links and logins will be provided. The press conference will be conducted in English.

Manasi Joshi: Shining a Light on Gender and Disability
Joshi was crowned World Champion at the Basel Open 2019

Manasi Joshi: Shining a Light on Gender and Disability

Joshi features on podcast ‘Flame Bearers’

Manasi Joshi is India’s current Para badminton world champion and BBC India’s Sportswoman of the year. She claimed the World Championships gold in Basel last year and is set on the road to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 (postponed to 2021).

Joshi features on the podcast ‘Flame Bearers – The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch’ this month to shine a light on gender and disability in badminton.

Listen to the episode of ‘Flame Bearers – The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch

In 2011, Joshi, a recent graduate, had begun her first job as a software engineer in the Indian city of Mumbai. Scarcely 10 minutes into her journey, disaster struck – as she took a U-turn under a flyover, a lorry travelling in the wrong direction hit her car, severely injuring her leg. Joshi was to lose the leg in hospital, devastating her. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s a very different Manasi we see before us.

“The turning point of my life was the accident, which led to the amputation of my leg. After the accident, I had to relearn everything – from walking to conducting daily chores and activities on my own,” she said.

Badminton is one of the few sports that offers a level playing field for participants irrespective of gender and abilities.

Joshi is excited about her debut at the Paralympics next year.

BWF’s Focus on Para badminton

“When it comes to equality, we have to give every child a chance to play badminton for life,” said BWF Senior Education Manager Sharon Springer on the podcast.

“You see these athletes on the courts going corner-to-corner and realise that these women are incredibly fast and flexible. Badminton has a lot of equality. The courts are the same, equipment is the same and the point system is the same – whereas in other sports there may be different resources,” Springer said.

Notably, the prize money is equal for both genders too.

Joshi has been playing badminton since an early age and some of her earliest memories centre around playing badminton with her father.

“I was about six and we just had one racket in my house. My father would throw the shuttlecock to me and I’d try to hit it.”

 

Badminton Helped in Recovery

Badminton helped Joshi on her road to recovery following the accident and improve her hand-eye coordination, vital to physical rehabilitation.

During her physiotherapy sessions, Joshi stayed focused on getting back. “I would say I want to get back on to court as soon as possible,” Joshi said.

She played badminton with her brother, also a keen badminton player.

Joshi securing her spot at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to her tremendous courage and determination.

With Para badminton making its debut at the Paralympics, Joshi can’t contain her excitement.

Working to Clear Misconceptions

The ‘Flame Bearers’ podcast highlights Joshi’s work as an advocator of disability rights in India. Those with disability are treated with pity, or with certain stereotypes in mind, and that fundamentally is an area in need of change.

“You have to work hard to change these stereotypes. Places like stations need to become more accessible,” says Joshi.

Clearly the fight for equal rights remain an uphill battle but Joshi is positive on change happening.

Joshi is vocal about disability and women’s rights in India

“Just as we talk about women’s rights, we should also be talking about disability rights,” added Joshi.

India has stipulated a tax on disability resources such as prosthetic legs and braille printing. Joshi is vocal about this issue on Twitter. “Why should we pay taxes to walk? It is a basic birth right. I think if we can all come together, we can go back to a time where we don’t have to pay taxes on this,” she states.

One in every four adults has a disability in the United States, according to Ariella Barker, an attorney and policy advisor in the US. “It begins with government policy. The important thing is to make sure the community calls them out on that. Why are they not talking about the biggest minority group in this country?” asks Barker.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

世界羽毛球联合会于今日发布“2020年汇丰世界羽联巡回赛”新赛程。

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

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

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

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

2020世界羽联赛程安排

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

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

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

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

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

更新后的世界羽联巡回赛日程表也已经在官方网站上发布。

BWF Announces Adjusted Tournament Calendar for 2020

BWF Announces Adjusted Tournament Calendar for 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BWF Tournament Calendar 2020 (Grade 1 & Grade 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Para Badminton Tournaments Suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛分组抽签出炉

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

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

 

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

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

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

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

Genius in Action: Tine Baun

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

Tine Baun celebrates after winning the All England 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career Highlights

All England – Winner (2008, 2010, 2013)

World Championships – Bronze (2010)

Japan Open – Winner (2007)

Other Major Honours

European Championships – Winner (2010, 2012)

Malaysia Open – Winner (2008)

Denmark Open – Winner (2009)

Interesting Fact

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

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

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

世界羽联关于2020道达尔汤尤杯决赛声明

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The final was an intense battle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

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

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

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

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

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

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

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

An Se Young

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

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

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

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

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

Michelle Li

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

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

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

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

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

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

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

Anthony Ginting

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

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

Saina Nehwal

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

On This Day: Ge Fei-Gu Jun Break Susi Susanti’s Record

On This Day: Ge Fei-Gu Jun Break Susi Susanti’s Record

When Susi Susanti ended five consecutive seasons as the winner of the World Badminton Grand Prix Finals from 1990-1994, badminton aficionados expected her record to stand for ages.

Ge Fei and Gu Jun with their second Olympic gold at Sydney 2000.

But the Indonesian’s feat was eclipsed just five years later by another pair of special badminton players – China’s prolific women’s pair of Ge Fei and Gu Jun, underlining their supremacy during an era which also brought two Olympic gold medals and three world titles.

Coincidentally, the run started the same year Susanti lifted her last title in 1994, then peaked in 1999, on 5 December, in Brunei’s capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

On the day, Koreans Chung Jae Hee and Ra Kyung Min were the opponents, or rather the victims, who were seamlessly batted aside by the world champions in a one-sided match 15-2 15-4.

Laudably, the victory over the world No.2 pair was achieved in straight games for the fifth year in a row and against the sixth different challengers in as many finals.

Today marks 21 years since the two-time Olympic champions went into the record books. No shuttler has come close to their unique accomplishment at year-end tournaments to crown the best players of a season.

Humans of Shuttle Time: Azizbek Madjitov

Humans of Shuttle Time: Azizbek Madjitov

This is the seventh story in our Humans of Shuttle Time series, in which we present the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Azizbek Madjitov, Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Uzbekistan, recounts his badminton journey:

Childhood Days

I was born into a family that wasn’t particularly interested in sports. It was only when I turned 12 that I started participating in sports. I studied at the Institute of Physical Culture and Sport, and now have many friends from different sports.

My first experience of badminton was when I was invited to the Republican Championship of Uzbekistan in 2013. I eventually started working with the badminton federation.

Badminton and Me

The first thing that struck me about badminton was its speed. I couldn’t even see the shuttlecock.

In 2015 I travelled with the national team for the Asian Championships in Wuhan (China). There I met Lin Dan, and I saw how the fans treated the top players.

Now badminton is part of my life. I’m involved with it every day, both on an international level and locally.

What the Future Holds

I believe badminton hasn’t reached its peak yet, so there is room to grow and become more popular.

The sport is growing. For example, in Uzbekistan, we have set up regional federations in all regions of our country, and now there are more than 10,000 children playing badminton on a regular basis. Our national team participates in more than 20 international tournaments a year.

Impact of Shuttle Time

With the Shuttle Time programme in Central Asia, we have opportunities for coaches to learn badminton with fresh material. New coaches come to badminton mainly because of Shuttle Time. Many children love the Shuttle Time programme and are now completely involved in badminton.

Other Stories in This Series

Humans of Shuttle Time: Elie Jean

Humans of Shuttle Time: Danielle Whiteside

Humans of Shuttle Time: Oscar Alejandro Vera Suarez

Humans of Shuttle Time: Sandra Low

Humans of Shuttle Time: Dorji

Humans of Shuttle Time: Genevieve Cutter

Council Calls EGM – 30 January 2021

Council Calls EGM – 30 January 2021

BWF gives notice that under Clause 16 of the BWF Constitution (linked here), the Council has called a BWF Virtual EGM on Saturday 30 January 2021 to deal with a range of constitutional matters related to the BWF AGM 2021 which is planned for 22 May 2021.

For all the information, visit the BWF EGM 2021 page of the website (linked here).


  1. Business of the EGM

The business of the EGM is to consider governance and constitutional matters related to General Meetings and to consider Council proposals:

  • To ratify the interim procedures the Council used to calculate Voting Strength (2020-2024) due to the Covid-19 impact (Annexure A).
  • To approve the amendments to the BWF Constitution related to the framework for virtual meetings (Annexure B).
  • To approve the holding of the 2021 AGM in a virtual format on 22 May 2021.

  1. Documents

These documents can be downloaded from the BWF EGM 2021 page of the website (linked here).

  1. Notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting
  2. BWF Virtual EGM Order Paper / Agenda
  3. Steps towards the EGM – Activities to Inform and Prepare the Delegates
  4. Annexure A – Voting Strength Calculation – Impact of Covid-19
  5. Annexure B – BWF Constitution – Proposed Amendments
  6. Delegates Nomination Form

The most important action for BWF Members is to look at the Order Paper / Agenda for the virtual EGM, and decide early, who the delegate(s) will be, complete the nomination form attached and send top Patricia Wong, [email protected]

Thanks

雅各布·霍伊: ‘我不能只是袖手旁观 满足现状’
Jakob Hoi with the promising pair Rasmus Kjaer and Joel Eipe.

雅各布·霍伊: ‘我不能只是袖手旁观 满足现状’

男子双打长期以来一直是丹麦的强项,该国每代都培养出了几对顶尖组合。

然而,最近几个月,丹麦球迷一直担心——在职业生涯结束时,没有为这些顶尖球员准备替补。随着马蒂亚斯·鲍伊、卡斯滕·摩根森、马兹·皮勒·科尔丁和马兹·康拉德·彼得森的退役,丹麦只剩下一对——金·阿斯特鲁普和安德斯·斯卡鲁普·拉斯姆森——进入世界排名前50名,这种情况在最近的记忆中是空前的。与男子单打的情况形成鲜明对比,丹麦有两名选手进入前五名。

负责重振丹麦男子双打命运的教练是雅各布·霍伊,他曾是德国队和英国队的主教练。以下是在丹麦DANISA公开赛期间进行的两部分访谈的第一部分:

丹麦不得不面对几位顶尖男双选手在上个月退役的情况。这对团队来说意味着什么?

他们本可以选择早些结束他们的职业生涯, 但我们看到了在汤姆斯杯上的机会,关于坚持和建立我们的信仰和传统…情况也许会改变。当有人停止职业生涯时,我们不应该太惊讶。很显然, 他们不可能都坚持到39岁才退役。如果有人在 32 岁选择停下来, 没有人会感到惊讶…所以我们对这种度过了漫长而强大的职业生涯的运动员表示敬意。但现在断代的问题确实比较突出。

鲍伊和摩根森就是这样,在某种程度上,科尔丁和康拉德也是这样…在丹麦,我们有世界冠军和优秀的组合,但鲍伊和摩根森是非凡的。显然当我们在日常练习中感觉到(如果他们缺席),我们的整体水平就会变低。

在最好的训练(阶段)之后,球员们可能会感到疲劳,但是当我们评估时,(得到的反馈是)我们尽了最大的努力,但是我们没有做世界级的训练。对于文化、沟通、期望、如何配合,这是一个巨大的变化。尽你所能,为努力感到高兴,但这仍然意味着你对现在的水平和进步不够满意或深刻。

球员们非常清楚这一点。所以只要觉察到,向他们提出要求和把握关键问题…我们邀请了一些年轻球员(去训练),每周两天、三天或四天,从中可以学习到很多。球员们已经准备好明白,这一天绝不能只是糊弄过去。

所以,对我来说,当你在丹麦谈论男双时,这很重要——要建立一种尊重世界级水准的文化…因为我们不是世界级的,至少是当今状况下。

亚洲有些强队通常会出现资深球员与年轻球员配对的情况,这使初级球员能够快速获得知识并从中受益。丹麦最近没有发生过这种情况——当四名资深球员同时退役时,这并没有造成真空吗?

它一直是丹麦模式的一部分。但出于几个原因,这种方式在短期或中期内收效不大。

找到那个合适的年轻球员也很重要。这种变化甚至可能会比我们那时处在顶尖水平时遇到的困难更加棘手。因为也许那个年轻人有长期受伤,所以有很多小事很难协调。我们错过了那个机会,这对我们造成了影响。并不是我们忘记了这个选择,因为这是我们相信的模式,这是一个我们以后想走的模式,但是我想说,过去两年我们错过了这种模式,我不认为这是我们任何人感到自豪或高兴的事情。但是我们理解原因,所以我们不会为此难过。

这次丹麦公开赛对年轻男双球员的意义是什么?

主要的收获是, 我们应该很高兴比赛能够顺利进行。我们应该感谢主办赛事的组织。因为说放弃不办是很容易的。

从体育的角度来看,这充其量是欧洲锦标赛的男双水平,但对我来说,甚至不如。所以他们更多的学到了什么是进步,什么是发挥,什么是相对发挥…因为即使是今天站在这里的人,都不是最顶级的。围绕如何发挥的整个决策,是一个学习的过程,但它仍然只是欧洲水平上。即使你赢了四分之一决赛,这对你来说印象深刻,但作为一个教练,我不能袖手旁观,满足于这样的成绩。当然我也不希望他们留下太深刻的印象。

我听到很多评论,说这是他们的突破。不,突破是当你有资格参加七站巡回赛中的至少五站。我看过一些不错的表现,但对我来说,这只是更有利于我们下一步应该该研究什么方面。你不能为击败欧洲或彼此而高兴。我们不练习互相战胜。

话虽如此,你一定对拉斯姆斯·卡亚尔和乔尔·叶佩的进步感到高兴。

是的,这就是我看到的。那是对英格兰(半决赛)的球员。在第一轮对阵同一对英国组合(埃利斯/朗格里奇)的比赛中,丹尼尔·隆德加德和马蒂亚斯·蒂里只是走了进去,对谁站在另一边一点都不在意,而且比分如此接近,他们对输掉比赛很失望。这才是我所欣赏的。

如果我们变得谨慎,我们变得缓慢,我们只是生存,没有人能获胜。

这是丹麦队的核心吗?这些球员将是我们未来十年见到的人吗?

希望。在参加比赛的年轻男球员中,他们甚至没有全职和我们一起训练。拉斯 (摩尔赫德) 刚刚变成全职。马蒂亚斯(蒂里),丹尼尔 · 伦德加德, 克亚尔,甚至都不是全职球员。他们处于不同阶段,我们需要找出合适他们的模式。他们中的一些人在半年前刚刚加入,有的来了刚两年…他们处于不同的阶段。

未完待续

视频:带你走近乔丹·哈特

视频:带你走近乔丹·哈特

10月,世界排名第75位的乔丹·哈特成为第一位获得汇丰BWF世界巡回赛超级750赛事第二轮比赛资格的威尔士女单选手。

这位25岁的选手独自在欧登塞,因为她的教练由于新冠疫情的限制而无法出席,她以6-21、12-21输给了最终夺冠的奥原希望。

不过,她为此行和这次参赛的表现感到自豪,她说:“我很高兴来到这里,体验这一切,这太神奇了。”

“我为能代表威尔士打球而感到骄傲,更自豪的是看到威尔士国旗这类比赛上展示。”

哈特显然是一位激烈的竞争对手, 但她在场下是什么样的人?

点击视频让你对她有更多了解。

Jakob Hoi: ‘I Can’t Sit Back and Be Impressed’
Jakob Hoi with the promising pair Rasmus Kjaer and Joel Eipe.

Jakob Hoi: ‘I Can’t Sit Back and Be Impressed’

Men’s doubles had for long been Denmark’s forte, with the country producing a few top pairs in every generation.

However, recent months showed what Danish fans had feared for a while – that there was no ready backup for the senior players at the end of their career. With the retirements of Mathias Boe, Carsten Mogensen, Mads Pieler Kolding and Mads Conrad Petersen, Denmark were left with only one pair – Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen – in the top 50, a situation unprecedented in recent memory. The situation is in stark contrast to men’s singles, in which Denmark have two players in the top five.

The coach in charge of reviving Denmark’s fortunes in men’s doubles is Jakob Hoi, who was previously head coach of Germany and Great Britain. Part 1 of a two-part interview conducted during the DANISA Denmark Open:

Denmark have had to contend with the retirement of several senior men’s doubles players over the last few months. What does this mean for the team?

They could have chosen to stop their career earlier, but we saw some opportunities going into the Thomas Cup about holding on and building something… the situation is going to change. We shouldn’t be too surprised when someone stops their career. Obviously they’re not all going to be 39 before they stop, no one would even be surprised if someone stops at 32… so we just have to respect that someone had a long and strong career, and that leaves a gap.

Jakob Hoi with the best Danish men’s doubles pair at the moment, Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

That’s true about Boe and Mogensen, and to some degree, Kolding and Conrad… in Denmark we had world champions and good pairs, but Boe and Mogensen were extraordinary. Obviously we feel it (their absence) in daily practice, obviously we feel the overall level is lower.

After the best training (session), the players might be fatigued, but when we evaluate, (the feedback is) we did our best, but we didn’t do world class. That’s a massive change, for culture, for communication, for expectation, for how to be around each other. To try to do everything you can, being happy about the effort, but still signalling that you’re not happy or impressed with the level.

The players are very much aware of this. So as long as the awareness is there, and the demands and asking critical questions… We’ve invited some young guys (to train), two, three or four days a week, and there’s learning from that. The players are ready to understand that it takes more than just a good day.

So, to me, that’s important when you talk men’s doubles in Denmark — building a culture of respect for what is world class compared to where are today… because we are not world class.

With the powerhouse nations, you commonly see senior players being paired with younger partners to enable the junior partner to gain knowledge and benefit from experience. This hasn’t happened with Denmark in recent times – didn’t that create a vacuum when four senior players retired around the same time?

It has been part of the Danish model, but for several reasons, it hasn’t happened because of short-term, medium-term interests.

And it’s also about finding that young guy. Is the change worse than what we have at top level, at that point of time? Because maybe that young guy had a long-term injury. So there are lots of little things. We missed that train, and that hurts, and it’s not that we forgot that option, because it’s a model we believe in, it’s a model that we want to take later, but I would say the last two years we missed that train and I don’t think it’s something any of us is proud or happy about. But we understand the reasons, and so we’re not crying about it.

What are the takeaways from this Denmark Open for your young men’s doubles pairs?

The primary takeaway is that we should just be so happy that this happened. We should be grateful to the organisation that allowed this to happen. Because it’s so easy to say let’s not do it.

From a sporting perspective, this has been a level of men’s doubles at best of a European Championships, but to me, not even (that). So the learning is, what is development, what is performance, what is relative performance… because even the guys standing here today, it hasn’t been top level at all, all week. The whole decision-making around how to play, that’s been a learning, but it’s still just a learning at the European level. Even if you win a quarterfinal, that’s special, but as a coach, I can’t sit back and be too impressed, and I don’t want them to be too impressed.

I’ve heard lots of comments, that this is their breakthrough. No, the breakthrough is when you do this five out of seven tournaments. I’ve seen some good performances, but to me that’s about looking into what the next step should be. You can’t be happy about beating Europe, or each other. We don’t practice to beat each other.

Jakob Hoi with Denmark’s most accomplished pair of the last decade, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

Having said that, you must be happy at the way Rasmus Kjaer and Joel Eipe stepped up.

Yeah, that’s what I see, that is the guys playing against England (semifinal). In the first round against the same English pair (Ellis/Langridge), Daniel Lundgaard and Mathias Thyrri just went in and didn’t give a damn about who’s on the other side, and being that close, they were disappointed. That’s what I appreciate.

If we get cautious, we get slow, we’re just surviving, and no one’s winning.

Is this the core of the Denmark team; are these the guys we will be seeing over the next ten years?

Hopefully. Of the young boys that stepped up for the tournament, they’re not even full time with us. Lasse (Moelhede) just turned full time. Mathias (Thyrri), Daniel Lundgaard, Kjaer, are not even full time. They’re in different stages of the process, finding out if this is their way. Some of them just joined half a year ago, some two years ago… they are in different stages.

Part 2 of the interview to follow

Voting Strength (2020 – 2024) Published

Voting Strength (2020 – 2024) Published

BWF is pleased to publish the Voting Strength (2020 – 2024) for BWF Members.

Every four years, BWF uses the criteria in Clause 15.20 of the BWF Constitution (linked here) to calculate the “Voting Strength” of each Member. Members can have 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 votes, depending on how they meet the criteria related mostly to engagement in international badminton.

The Voting Strength is fixed for a four-year period from 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2024.

The Voting Strength (2020 – 2024) is now available for download from the AGM page of the website (linked here).

There are two documents published:

  1. Memo – Notice on Voting Strength. This covers a) Voting Strength Criteria /Assessment Period, b) Covid-19 Impact on calculating Voting Strength and c) Interim Procedures approved by Council. – (linked here)
  2. Voting Strength (2020  -2024)
Video: Get to Know Jordan Hart

Video: Get to Know Jordan Hart

In October, world No.75 Jordan Hart became the first Welsh women’s singles shuttler to qualify for an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 second round at DANISA Denmark Open 2020.

The 25-year-old, who was in Odense alone as her coach could not make the trip due to COVID-19 restrictions, lost to eventual winner Nozomi Okuhara 21-6 21-12.

She was nevertheless proud of her unique feat and said: “I’m just so happy to be here and experience all this, it’s amazing.

“I’m proud to play for Wales and even prouder to see the Welsh flag at these types of tournaments.”

Hart is evidently a fierce competitor but what is she like away from the court?

Here’s a chance to find out.

世界羽联关于2021年巡回赛日程的正式声明

世界羽联关于2021年巡回赛日程的正式声明

BWF在此特别声明,有关2021年的巡回赛日程尚未正式确定。

这是针对媒体报道——BWF已经确认将在2021年恢复奥运会预选赛这一消息做出的官方回应。

BWF一直在与东道主成员合作,为新赛季设计最佳的巡回赛系列解决方案。这是为了确保恢复比赛秩序,确保所有运动员安全以及完成东京奥运会的资格赛。

BWF将在未来几周分享2021年国际比赛日程的详细信息。

BWF Statement on 2021 Tournament Calendar

BWF Statement on 2021 Tournament Calendar

BWF would like to confirm no decisions regarding the Tournament Calendar for 2021 have been made yet.

This is in response to recent media reports that suggests BWF has already confirmed the schedule for the return of Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2021.

BWF has been working with Host Members to devise the best tournament cluster solutions for the new year.

This is to ensure the resumption of consistent tournaments for the benefit of all athletes as well as the completion of the Olympic Qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympics.

BWF will share details of the 2021 Tournament Calendar once it is finalised in the coming weeks.