赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽联名人堂

赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽联名人堂

中国羽毛球双打传奇赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽毛球联合会(BWF)名人堂,一同入选的还有与其同时代征战羽坛的印尼双打名将莉莉亚娜·纳西尔。

赵芸蕾是她那个时代最全能的双打运动员。 在很长一段时间内,她在混双和女双两个项目中的统治地位无人能及。退役后, 她成为了史上最优秀的羽毛球运动员之一——细数她职业生涯中所获得的冠军头衔,包括两枚奥运会金牌和五枚世锦赛金牌。

Zhao Yunlei (right) with Tian Qing at London 2012 Olympics after winning women’s doubles gold.

世界羽毛球联合会主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶对赵芸蕾入选BWF名人堂表示祝贺。

他说,“入选世界羽联名人堂是对羽毛球运动员最大的致敬。名人堂旨在表彰精英中的精英,赵芸蕾当之无愧地占有一席之地。赢得奥运会或世锦赛金牌是大多数运动员的梦想,而赵芸蕾取得了这两项大赛的双冠王,这是一项了不起的成就。”

赵芸蕾

赛场上的赵芸蕾总是充满信心,她对比赛有着敏锐的洞察,她出色的攻防技巧,以及时刻保持冷静应对突发情况的头脑,帮助她赢得了多次比赛。其中,在她与张楠搭档的混双以及与田卿搭档的女双比赛中表现尤为突出。尽管在高强度的赛事环境中同时参加两个项目的比赛,然而赵芸蕾似乎享受压力,在伦敦奥运会和两届世锦赛上取得了双冠王。 她成为唯一一位在一届奥运会上拿到两枚金牌的羽毛球运动员,也是唯一一位在连续两届世锦赛上获得两个双打冠军的羽毛球运动员。

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赵芸蕾将于2022年6月24日周五下午两点举办的线上典礼和媒体活动中正式被官方授誉。

BWF World Tour Hosts 2023-2026 Announced

BWF World Tour Hosts 2023-2026 Announced

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is excited to reveal there will be an additional four stops on the BWF World Tour from 2023 to 2026 as part of expansion plans announced today.

The 31-event new World Tour calendar, which includes the year end BWF World Tour Finals, will see more Super 1000, Super 750, and Super 500 tournaments, bringing greater prize money opportunities for players.

There are 5 Super 1000 and 6 Super 750 tournaments.

There are 9 Super 500 and 11 Super 300 tournaments.

The announcement caps an exciting bid process which saw healthy interest from all host bidders.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said the BWF World Tour 2023-2026 promises to elevate the status of badminton globally.

“Badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with all-time high participation and fan numbers. More tournaments give us a fantastic opportunity to enhance the sport’s reach around the world, not only in established territories, but into new ones as well. It also allows for more players to enter our elite circuit and gain valuable experience,” he said.

“We were very encouraged by the large number of high-quality bids we received and that bodes well for a bigger and better tour across the next four years. It enables us to commit to higher prize money, greater coverage on television and online, and spectacular presentation, all contributing to an enhanced world-class sports product that we seek.”

Lund confirmed there would be no change to current player commitment obligations.

Highlights

  • The Malaysia Open joins the All England Open, China Open, and Indonesia Open as the tour’s highest level Super 1000 tournaments.
  • The India Open and Singapore Open have been bumped to Super 750 status. Existing Super 750 hosts from China, Denmark, France, and Japan have maintained their status.
  • The Super 500 level welcomes host cities from three new continents with tournaments in Australia, Canada, and Finland, joining tournaments in Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and an additional new host in Japan.
  • Two existing Super 100 tournaments have been elevated to the BWF World Tour Super 300 level: HYLO Open and Orléans Masters.

The expansion is bankrolled by a significant investment from BWF and commercial partner Infront over four years.

A host for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals will be announced at a later date. BWF Tour Super 100 hosts will also be announced separately.

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BWF Hall of Fame 2022 | Liliyana Natsir

BWF Hall of Fame 2022 | Liliyana Natsir

Indonesian mixed doubles legend Liliyana Natsir is the latest inductee into the BWF Hall of Fame. The Olympic champion will be officially recognised at a ceremony during the EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022 on Saturday 18 June.

Natsir won four mixed doubles World Championships titles with two different partners and achieved a career high at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games claiming mixed doubles gold.

Liliyana Natsir (right) and partner Tontowi Ahmad with their gold medals at Rio 2016.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer lauded Natsir’s achievements.

“It is a rare honour for an athlete to be named to the BWF Hall of Fame, and Liliyana Natsir richly deserves this accolade,” Høyer said.

“She was among the very best mixed doubles players throughout her career. With an Olympic gold and silver, and four World Championships gold medals, Liliyana built a stellar record.

“She was a delight to watch as she somehow made a very difficult art look easy. I congratulate her on making the BWF Hall of Fame, and I’m sure that she will continue to inspire many more generations.”

Liliyana Natsir

With her unique, unfussy style and tremendous record over more than a decade, Liliyana Natsir is a standout figure of world badminton. Natsir’s first major title was World Championships gold in 2005 with the technically gifted Nova Widianto. The duo had a string of successes, winning the World Cup and the Asian Championships the next year, another World Championships gold in 2007, before winning silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Natsir was then paired with Tontowi Ahmad and the two quickly established a strong partnership. Despite the change in style of her partner, Natsir adapted well. The new partnership won bronze at the 2011 World Championships before eclipsing that at the World Championships in 2013, taking gold from two match points down in the final, and the World Championships in 2017. Gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, on top of three straight All England crowns, established Natsir in the pantheon of greats.

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Liliyana will be recognised at a ceremony at the Istora Senayan on Saturday 18 June.

  • 11am Lilyana Natsir Press Conference
  • 11.30am BWF Hall of Fame Ceremony

Where To Watch: EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022

Where To Watch: EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022

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Where To Watch: DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2022

Where To Watch: DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2022

 

 

 

 

 

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2024年巴黎奥运会羽毛球参赛资格规则

2024年巴黎奥运会羽毛球参赛资格规则

世界羽毛球联合会(以下简称:BWF)的2024年巴黎奥运会参赛资格规则已经得到国际奥委会(以下简称:IOC)的批准。巴黎奥运会积分周期将于2023年5月1日开始持续到2024年4月28日,以2024年4月30日的奥运积分排名名单来确定。

羽毛球参赛总名额为172个(男86个,女86个),除常规名额(166个)外,还包括2个主办国名额和4个额外名额。每个国家或地区协会派出的男女运动员的名额都不得超过8个。

单打

在每个单打项目中,国家或地区协会至少需要两位球员排在奥运积分前16位,才能获得两个满额参赛名额。共有35个名额,一个东道国名额,两个额外名额。额外名额将在资格期结束后由三方委员会确定。每个单打项目还必须至少有两名来自五大洲协会的运动员,前提是他们的排名在前250名之内。

双打

在每个双打项目中,国家或地区协会至少需要两组球员排在奥运积分前8位,才能获得两个满额参赛名额。每个双打项目还必须至少有一对来自五大洲协会的运动员,前提是他们的排名在前50名之内。

考虑到所有项目的参赛资格,没有任何国家或地区协会可以在单个项目中派出超过2组以上运动员。

国际奥委会官网上查看已批准的2024年巴黎奥运会参赛资格规则

关于世锦赛的退赛声明

关于世锦赛的退赛声明

世界羽联确认将有大批印尼选手退出将于12月12日在西班牙韦尔瓦举行的2021道达尔能源世锦赛

印尼羽毛球协会(PBSI)周三上午宣布了这一消息,表达了与新冠肺炎疫情相关的担忧。还有一小部分印尼选手仍在签表中。

世界羽联对PBSI的决定感到失望,并对在抽签后退出感到遗憾。

然而,世界羽联和西班牙羽毛球联合会目前正根据地方和国家卫生当局制定的建议和措施,包括针对所有运动员、团队官员和主要利益攸关方的一套全面的安全协议,集中精力举办一场安全、成功的世锦赛。

此外男单卫冕冠军、世界第二桃田贤斗因伤退出比赛,世界羽联也确认了这一不幸消息。桃田贤斗还退出了上周的2021汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛,并已返回日本。

混双7号种子陈炳顺吴柳莹在搭档13年后宣布解散,并退出世锦赛。

大多数球员现在已经安全抵达韦尔瓦并进入了“安全泡泡”。第一轮比赛将于当地时间周日上午10点开始。目前没有重新抽签的计划。

老牌男双高成炫/申白喆夺得法国公开赛冠军

老牌男双高成炫/申白喆夺得法国公开赛冠军
Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baekcheol.

2021尤尼克斯法国公开赛男双决赛中,韩国老将组合高成炫/申白喆击败了世界排名第一吉迪恩/苏卡穆约,自2019年澳大利亚公开赛后再次夺得男双冠军。

Shin Baekcheol.

这是属于两位老将的标志性胜利,他们用韩国的传统打法击败了世界最顶级的男双组合。34岁的高成炫和32岁的申白喆是2016年里约奥运会后退役的几对顶级男双选手之一;他们于2018年复出,但复出之旅磕磕绊绊。与此同时,小黄人组合将自己塑造成里约后男双一代的佼佼者。

但韩国老将今天的表现表明,他们的技术仍旧是最顶级的;不管对手的什么球,他们都用顽强的防守化解;他们调动苏卡穆约让他无法发挥前场的实力,当机会来临时,他们由守转攻一击制胜。

高成炫获得了他的第三个法国公开赛冠军(前两次分别搭档李龙大和金荷娜),申白喆获得了他的第一个法国公开赛冠军。“在来这里之前,我们都不认为我们能赢,”高成炫说。“每次胜利后,我们都感觉更好,今天我们超级开心。几年前我们离开了国家队,在疫情之后,这是我们第一次进入高级别赛事决赛,所以这对我们来说真的很重要。”

“与年轻选手相比,我们体能限制很大,所以很难跟上他们。我们有经验,这对我们今天很有帮助。这取决于具体情况。也许今天我们的处理得比对手好。他们真的是很好的球员。很难把他们和我们同时代的人相比。即使在那时,也有很多人比我们更好。”

申白喆说:“我们没有任何遗憾。但在我们不打球的那段时间里,我们对自己的未来感到不安。现在我们很高兴我们今天做到了。这是我第一次在法国参加决赛,所以意义重大。在这之后,我们将对未来的重大比赛更有信心。”

他们的的同胞李绍熙申昇瓒早些时候以21-17、21-12击败队友金昭映/孔熙容获得了女双冠军,继2019年后再次登上最高领奖台。

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2021苏迪曼杯:中国队第12次夺冠

2021苏迪曼杯:中国队第12次夺冠

2021道达尔能源世界羽联苏迪曼杯总决赛决赛中,卫冕冠军中国队以3-1击败日本队,第12次捧起苏迪曼杯。

纵观全场比赛,双方都展现了超强水准,年轻的球员们表现出了与久经沙场的球星们一样的抗压能力。在上一届苏迪曼杯上,日本队以0-3被中国队击败,这次他们试图推翻这一结果,但他们不得不再次区居亚军。

Zhou Hao Dong and He Ji Ting provided the breakthrough for China.

中国队教练张军谈到了对年轻队员的信任,以及他们在这场重大赛事中坚守立场的能力。让一位球员上两个单项的计划被搁置,中国选择了何济霆周昊东参加男双。

结果如愿以偿。保木卓朗/小林优吾在一个多小时的时间里与中国的年轻队员进行了战斗,但日本人错误地过度依赖防守。在比赛的最后阶段,何济霆/周昊东始终保持着进攻的活力,帮助中国队取得了领先。

“我们在四分之一决赛中输给了丹麦,我们吸取了教训——我们试着更有耐心,”周昊东说。

在上届苏迪曼杯决赛中,山口茜输给了陈雨菲。今天山口一心要进攻。日本人不愿意在对抗赛中留下遗憾,她保持着陈雨菲难以跟上的速度。即使当她的对手找到空档时,山口茜也依靠着顽强的跑动进行补救。正是这种更顽强的风格帮助山口茜赢得了比赛,因为陈雨菲在其他方面还是一如既往的精确和稳定。

Akane Yamaguchi kept Japan in the hunt.

“上一届苏迪曼杯我也是同样的情况,但我输了,所以我不想重蹈覆辙。而且,她是奥运会金牌得主,所以我决定挑战她。”山口说。“我只是想打一场稳定的比赛。我知道她打了几场长时间的比赛,一定会累的。我没有打过这么多长时间的比赛,所以我很有活力。”

在一场高质量的开局之后,男单比赛出现了最令人好奇的转折。开局似乎消耗了石宇奇太多精力,因此他放弃了第二局,把所有精力留到第三局上。无论是这一周累积的疲劳,还是仅仅精神上的压力,桃田贤斗又一次输了。世界第一面对石宇奇的不断高强度进攻,并没有什么办法能够应对,最终石宇奇以2-1击败对手,使中国队以2-1领先。

Shi Yu Qi took advantage of an under-par Momota.

桃田否认疲劳是他在第三局比赛中有点无精打采的原因。“我被对手的进攻能力压垮了,所以我输了。我没有那么累,但我找不到赢球的方法。”

石宇奇在庆祝他2019年7月受伤复出后的最佳时刻时,承诺要比受伤前更好。“我放弃了第二局以恢复我的体力。我必须把所有的精力都放在第三局比赛上。我有90%的最佳状态。赢得比赛是一件很棒的事情,但我的目标不是回到以前的水平——我要达到以前水平的120% !”

Chen Qing Chen is mobbed by her teammates after the women’s doubles victory gave the title to China.

日本最后的希望寄托在女双临时组合上,松本麻佑/松友美佐纪给陈清晨/贾一凡造成了不小的麻烦。中国组合一路经受着考验,她们表现出了出色的气质,关键时刻下手更加果断。

随着21-17 21-16的胜利,苏迪曼杯留在了中国。“奥运会之后,这个冠军让我们可以再次激励我们的队员,”张军说,“我们本届苏杯男双阵容上不是最完美的,对泰国和丹麦我们有一些困难,但我们决定让年轻球员上场,我们信任他们的能力,他们今天做的很好。”
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2021苏迪曼杯:克服困难,桃田贤斗重新出发

2021苏迪曼杯:克服困难,桃田贤斗重新出发
Kento Momota took time to find his game against Torjussen.

2021道达尔能源世界羽联苏迪曼杯总决赛 第三比赛日中,桃田贤斗率领的日本队5-0击败英格兰队,将与马来西亚队争夺小组头名位置。

在东京奥运会小组赛阶段被淘汰之后,球迷对桃田的状态充满了好奇。今天,在D组日本对阵英格兰的比赛中,渡边勇大/东野有纱帮助日本取得领先后,桃田贤斗在与世界排名第205位的托尔森的比赛中,看上去与巅峰时期的状态还相距甚远。

日本人经常被托尔森的杀直线所击溃,这位22岁的英格兰球员打得非常轻松,然而最后一记发球将优势拱手让给了桃田,他在第一局比赛中获得了信心,并在没有进一步失误的情况下结束了比赛。

“一开始我非常紧张,无法发挥自己的能力。接近第二局的时候,我让自己冷静下来,控制住自己的比赛。”

Johnnie Torjussen.

“我希望在专注度方面有所提高。我今天很紧张,不能专注于一件事。不过,好在我能让自己冷静下来。”

托尔森说,他对自己的表现感到惊讶。

“这对我来说绝对是一个惊喜,我不知道他是否感到紧张。很高兴看到我的扣杀能够穿透他的防守。我认为这对我来说绝对是一个巨大的信心助推器,能够在与世界上最好的球员的比赛中取得这样的成绩。我想在未来面对每一个球员时都这样做。”

本·莱恩和文迪不敌古贺辉/斋藤太一,没能阻止日本队。 山口茜以21-16/21-12击败霍尔顿,之后志田千阳/松山奈未在与布里奇/史密斯的比赛中直落两局,帮助日本队5-0完胜英格兰队。

在另一场B组比赛中,马来西亚以5比0击败埃及,而在B组中,中华台北以5比0击败德国,韩国以同样的优势击败了塔希提岛。

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World Badminton Day: ‘Idols Inspire Us to Work Hard’

World Badminton Day: ‘Idols Inspire Us to Work Hard’
Tai Tzu Ying with her fans at the Indonesia Open.

Events in Indonesia have acquired a well-earned reputation for fans lavishing their love on players. Long lines of fans patiently waiting to get into the stadium even on opening day are a familiar sight, as are the throngs waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars as they walk off the arena.

Fans spend a lot of time and effort in hoping to get an autograph or a selfie with their favourite players. But what explains this unconditional love?

“Badminton unites us as Indonesians. When I watch badminton I feel like all of us Indonesians are supporting the country,” said one such fan, Penny, who had waited patiently for her turn to get pictures with two of her favourite players, Liliyana Natsir and Tai Tzu Ying. “Of course I like players of other countries too, but only after the Indonesian players.

“I really love badminton, so I love the athletes and their work ethic. They work so hard to win here.”

Badminton fan Penny, who was thrilled to get a glimpse of her favourite players.

Penny, who goes by a single name, was at the Indonesia Open on all six days, and has been a long-time follower of the sport.

“I’ve been following badminton for a long time now,” she said. “My first memory of badminton was watching Susi Susanti on TV.”

How has badminton made a difference to her life?

“I admire Liliyana Natsir. I feel like when I watch her battle hard, it encourages me to do the same, to do well in life and not surrender when I face difficulties.”

Did she feel waiting for all those hours for a few moments with the players was worthwhile?

“I don’t mind spending time waiting for the players. I spent 40 minutes for Tai Tzu Ying, but luckily the women’s doubles took some time to come, so I could go inside the stadium and watch the action.

“For us fans to get a signature, or a picture with the players we idolise, means a lot.”

Liliyana Natsir – Front Court Maverick

Liliyana Natsir – Front Court Maverick

With her unique, unfussy style and tremendous record over more than a decade, Liliyana Natsir is a standout figure of world badminton.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of her game was her dexterousness at the front court, allowing her partners (primarily Nova Widianto and then Tontowi Ahmad) the leeway they needed to exploit the openings she created.

Natsir’s first major title was the World Championships gold in 2005 with the technically-gifted Widianto. The duo had a string of successes, winning the World Cup and the Asian Championships the next year, another World Championships gold in 2007, before finishing runners-up at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Natsir was then paired with Tontowi Ahmad and the two quickly established a strong partnership. Despite the change in the styles of her partners – Ahmad wasn’t as technically versatile as Widianto but had a harder attacking game – Natsir adapted well. The ‘Owi-Butet’ partnership won bronze at the 2011 World Championships and followed that up with victories in 2013 (from two match points down in the final) and 2017. Gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, besides several Superseries titles – including three straight All England crowns– established Natsir in the pantheon of greats.

Ahmad conceded that their accomplishments would not have come without Natsir’s constant urging to achieve excellence: “Liliyana is the complete player. She has great skills; her mindset is amazing and she has the right attitude to be a role model. She has been like a big sister to me on court.

“In my experience in this partnership, winning the All England title three consecutive years and the World Championships was due to Liliyana’s constant guidance. She kept me focused and never eased up. She wanted us to keep going strong and have a winning mentality. There were rarely times when we would have our guard down. There was no place for weakness in our partnership.”

Upon being formally recognised as a BWF Hall of Fame inductee at her favourite venue Istora Senayan, Natsir said:

“This is very meaningful to me. It means that I’m recognised not just in Indonesia but also in the eyes of the world. I hope this will motivate the juniors to bring more honour for Indonesia. I feel very happy and excited. This is a memorable event in my career.”

Major Achievements

Olympics

Gold: Rio 2016

Silver: Beijing 2008

World Championships

Gold: 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017

Silver: 2009

All England

Gold: 2012, 2013 2014

Asian Games

Silver: 2014

World Cup

Gold: 2006

Indonesia Open: Key Takeaways

Indonesia Open: Key Takeaways

The most significant achievements from the EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022 that concluded in Jakarta last Sunday:

Axelsen: Almost Unbeatable

Lee Zii Jia had a chance to do what no player had done in the previous 26 matches – beat Viktor Axelsen. Having saved four match points in a remarkable late turnaround, and holding match point of his own, Lee found just how hard it has become for any player to break Axelsen. The Dane didn’t given an inch, and duly completed his fourth title of the season.

Since February 2020, Axelsen has lost just five matches in 23 completed events (excluding retirement/walkover). At the Indonesia Open, he picked up his seventh World Tour Super 1000 title from eight successive Super 1000 finals.

Since losing to Lakshya Sen in the semifinals of the German Open in March, Axelsen has dropped just four games in 27 matches.

Reversing Olympic Result… Twice Over

A cheeky smile from Tai Tzu Ying in her route to the title.

Tai Tzu Ying dismissed the very notion of “revenge” over Chen Yu Fei for beating her in the Tokyo 2020 final. The Chinese Taipei ace beat her a second successive time, in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open, after getting the better of her at the Thailand Open.

Yet, even as she continues to enchant audiences, her resolution to cut down on her errors made no difference. In the final, against Wang Zhi Yi, Tai leaked about a dozen errors in the opening game before getting her act together.

More Determined Than Ever

Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong’s renewed zeal this season has been unmissable. After a few events with Ou Xuan Yi, Huang Ya Qiong returned with Zheng, and the pair have continued to set a scorching pace. Two titles in Jakarta followed wins at the Badminton Asia Championships and the Thailand Open. Also significant was their back-to-back victories over Olympic champions Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping. “The loss in the Olympic final hurt us and made us determined,” said Zheng. “As they (Wang/Huang) are Olympic champions, the pressure is on them.”

New Stars on the Block

Apriyani Rahayu and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti.

Given the way they played in the two events in Indonesia, Apriyani Rahayu and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti could well be the next women’s doubles pair to watch. With their ability to win quick points and not depend on ponderous rallies, they are an exciting pair to watch.

In men’s doubles, new pair Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho delivered some spellbinding action, particularly on their defence, with a succession of acrobatic saves in intense rallies.

Hirota’s Back

In heartening development for Japan, Sayaka Hirota appears to be well on her way to occupying the heights she was used to, before a knee injury at Tokyo 2020 laid her low. Hirota and Yuki Fukushima have progressed steadily since their comeback event at the All England where they fell in the first round. After making the semifinals at the Asian Championships and the quarterfinals at the Thailand Open, the Japanese duo were in sight of the Indonesia Open title, before being outplayed by compatriots Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida in three games.

Sensational Singaporeans

Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han.

One of the most thrilling early encounters of the Indonesia Open was Singapore’s Terry Hee/Tan Wei Han Jessica against Olympic champions Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping. The Singaproeans did everything but win the match; Wang/Huang were stretched to the limit but came away winners at 13-21 21-19 26-24, after saving two match points. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season unfolds for the Singaporeans.

Trend-Setters

In the months following Tokyo 2020, with injuries to Sayaka Hirota and Wakana Nagahara, Japan might have felt a sense of frustration, but Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida stepped up. Their performances over the last few months have been outstanding, particularly in the Bali Leg where they made three finals in three successive weeks. They have stayed consistent, winning the All England and the Thailand Open, and on Sunday they became the first women’s doubles pair to win three successive Super 1000 titles.

Zhao Yunlei: ‘Want to Spread Badminton’s Charm’

Zhao Yunlei: ‘Want to Spread Badminton’s Charm’

Chinese doubles legend Zhao Yunlei, who was officially recognised as a BWF Hall of Fame inductee today in a virtual ceremony, thanked BWF for the honour and stated her commitment to aiding the promotion of badminton worldwide. Zhao and her Indonesian contemporary Liliyana Natsir are the latest inductees in the elite roll of honour.

Zhao’s accomplishments were hailed by BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) President Zhang Jun.

“Winning an Olympic or World Championships gold is a dream for most athletes; that Zhao achieved a double at an Olympics and two World Championships is an incredible achievement,” said Høyer, while Zhang Jun paid tribute to her as “a force that inspires us to go better and better in badminton”.

Zhao Yunlei with Tian Qing on the podium at London 2012.

In her acceptance speech, Zhao said: “First of all, I want to thank BWF for giving me the highest honour, which is the biggest affirmation of my athletic career. I also want to thank the Chinese badminton team for so many years of cultivating me, the fans for their love, and I also want to thank every good teacher and helpful friend I met in my career. Today I was inducted into the BWF Hall of Fame, which not only represents a high level for me, but also means that I have entered a new stage of making contributions to the cause of sports.

“The development of sports is not only a way of innovation, but also a way of inheritance.”

“It wasn’t all plain sailing. In London 2012, because I competed in mixed doubles and women’s doubles, I put more effort and encountered more difficulties. Whenever I can’t hold on, there is always a voice inside me that tells me I can. Rio 2016, as I got older, there were more injuries, so my form was up and down. Whenever I wanted to give up, people around me were encouraging. Badminton not only teaches me how to win games, but also teaches me how to calmly face any difficulties in life. This is also the important lessons I want to pass on — sportsmanship and Olympic spirit — to more teenagers.”

“Having retired, I’m still engaged in sports work dedicated to youth sports promotion. No matter how my status changes in future, I will always be committed to the development and promotion of badminton. I would like to thank BWF for giving me this opportunity to speak. I am willing to contribute to the development of the world badminton programme and pass on the charm of badminton to the world.”

波莉:奥运之旅教会我永不放弃

波莉:奥运之旅教会我永不放弃
Polii on the podium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

波莉2012年的奥运生涯十分不顺,经历了伤病和悲痛,她在2020 年东京奥运会上取得了巨大的成功。

为纪念奥林匹克日,这位球员回顾了她去年夏天在日本首都获得金牌的非凡奥运之旅。

“这是我一生中非常重要的一个时刻,我将永远记得,”这位 34 岁的球员说道,她与拉哈尤在决赛中击败了陈清晨/贾一凡

“我被幸福淹没了。 我们俩都是,”她补充道,回忆她的赛后庆祝活动。

Polii (left) and Rahayu’s celebrations were shown across the world.

“我们在两局比赛中都保持领先,我告诉拉哈尤要保持冷静,不要急于求成。 不要只想着达到 21 分,还要把21分当做金牌的象征。 奥运会教会了我永远不要放弃自己的梦想。 我终于拿到了一枚金牌,我为此感到非常自豪。”

这是一个永远铭刻在印尼人心目中的时刻——这对搭档成为印尼第一对夺得羽毛球奥运金牌的女子组合。

但通往顶峰的道路远非一帆风顺。

在 2012 年伦敦奥运会上,波莉和当时的搭档娇哈里以及两对中国和两对韩国组合因在球场上“没有全力以赴”而被取消资格。 那件事成为了波莉追求她奥运梦想的催化剂。

“那是一段非常艰难的时期。 我被困住了。 “波莉完蛋了”的想法一直困扰着我。 但也有人很相信我。”

在 2012 年娇哈里退役后,波莉与尼蒂娅合作一年,两人在 2016 年达到了世界排名第二的职业生涯新高度。她在 2016 年参加了里约奥运会,也是她第二次参加奥运会,两人在她们的小组中名列前茅, 但在1/4决赛被中国组合唐渊渟/于洋淘汰出局。

在同年经历严重的膝伤后,尼蒂娅退役了。 波莉曾想过退役,但当拉哈尤在 2017 年入选国家队时,她抓住机会“和她组队”。 这对新组合夺得了 2017 年法国公开赛冠军,这对当时 30 岁的她来说是一个转折点。

“我们在法国夺冠后,我告诉拉哈尤我想参加下一届奥运会。 我问她是否愿意和我一起去东京。 我告诉她,她必须遵守纪律,和我一起训练,和我一起吃饭。 我们必须尽一切努力获得资格。

“我们在奥运之旅中携手并进。 我们将终生密不可分。”

波莉本月初宣布退役,并在2022印尼大师赛期间在拥挤的伊斯托拉球场举办退役仪式。

BWF Ranked No.3 in International Federations Governance Review

BWF Ranked No.3 in International Federations Governance Review

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has again shown it continues to lead the way in governance practice, ranking in the first bracket with six other International Federations (IF) in the Fourth Review of International Federation Governance (2021-2022) released by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) this week.

BWF is third overall with a score of 181 out of a possible 200 and is placed alongside International Federations for athletics, cycling, equestrian, football, rugby, and tennis in the top group.
BWF is also ranked first for IFs with between 20-49 staff and third for IFs with annual revenue between 20-50 million Swiss Francs.

It is the second consecutive third place overall ranking for BWF, showing consistency in governance practice. This year’s score is seven points higher than the mark achieved in the Third Review.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said: “This is another promising indicator that BWF is performing above average at a governance level among all International Federations. We take governance innovation seriously and it’s good to see our efforts are recognised globally.

“It’s generally accepted that larger federations tend to have better governance delivery due to the resources available to them. Yet, BWF as a medium-sized IF based on staffing and annual revenue, continues to demonstrate a high capacity to maintain strong performance in governance practice.”

To meet the criteria for the top bracket, BWF had to sit within a certain threshold of total ranking points (175 – 189) calculated across the five areas surveyed:

  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Democracy
  • Development
  • Control Mechanism

The report indicates that BWF remains at the upper limit of scores for transparency and development, while markedly increasing its democratic performance indicators thanks to notable enhancements to the diversity of the Executive Committee.

Click here for the Fourth Review of International Federation Governance.

Governance innovation is an important focus in BWF’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2024 with a key goal to “provide leadership in good governance practices”.

BWF No.3 in IF Governance Rankings 2021-2022

BWF No.3 in IF Governance Rankings 2021-2022

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has again shown it continues to lead the way in governance practice, ranking in the first bracket with six other International Federations (IF) in the Fourth Review of International Federation Governance (2021-2022) released by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) this week.

BWF is third overall with a score of 181 out of a possible 200 and is placed alongside International Federations for athletics, cycling, equestrian, football, rugby, and tennis in the top group.

BWF is also ranked first for IFs with between 20-49 staff and third for IFs with annual revenue between 20-50 million Swiss Francs.

It is the second consecutive third place overall ranking for BWF, showing consistency in governance practice. This year’s score is seven points higher than the mark achieved in the Third Review.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said: “This is another promising indicator that BWF is performing above average at a governance level among all International Federations. We take governance innovation seriously and it’s good to see our efforts are recognised globally.

“It’s generally accepted that larger federations tend to have better governance delivery due to the resources available to them. Yet, BWF as a medium-sized IF based on staffing and annual revenue, continues to demonstrate a high capacity to maintain strong performance in governance practice.”

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer.

To meet the criteria for the top bracket, BWF had to sit within a certain threshold of total ranking points (175 – 189) calculated across the five areas surveyed:

  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Democracy
  • Development
  • Control Mechanism

The report indicates that BWF remains at the upper limit of scores for transparency and development, while markedly increasing its democratic performance indicators thanks to notable enhancements to the diversity of the Executive Committee.

Click here for the Fourth Review of International Federation Governance.

Governance innovation is an important focus in BWF’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2024 with a key goal to “provide leadership in good governance practices”.

Polii: Olympics Taught Me to Never Give Up

Polii: Olympics Taught Me to Never Give Up
Polii on the podium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Greysia Polii‘s Olympic career took her from her darkest place in 2012, through injury and personal sorrow, to the pinnacle of success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

To commemorate Olympic Day, the badminton soldier looks back on her remarkable Olympic journey, which culminated in a gold medal finish in the Japanese capital last summer.

“It’s a time in my life I will always remember,” said the 34-year-old, who combined with Apriyani Rahayu to defeat Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan in the final.

“I was overwhelmed with emotions. We both were,” she added, reflecting on her post-match celebration.

Polii (left) and Rahayu’s celebrations were shown across the world.

“We were leading in both games and I told Apriyani to keep calm and not rush. Don’t think about getting to 21 points, but also think about 21 points, as that means gold. The Olympics have taught me to never give up on my dreams. I finally have a gold medal in my hand, and I’m really proud of it.”

It is a moment that will forever be etched into the minds of Indonesians – the duo becoming the first women’s pair from their country to take home badminton gold.

But the road to the summit was far from easy.

At London 2012, Polii and then partner Meiliana Jauhari, along with two Chinese and two Korean pairs were disqualified for “not giving their all” on court. That event proved the catalyst for Polii to pursue her Olympic dream.

“That was a very difficult time. I was stuck in a corner. The thought ‘Greysia Polii is hopeless’ haunted me. But there were people who believed in me.”

Following the retirement of Jauhari in 2012, Polii teamed up with Nitya Krishinda Maheswari a year later, and the pair reached a career-high of world No.2 in 2016. Making her second Olympic appearance at Rio 2016, the pair topped their group, only to be edged out by Chinese duo Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang in the quarterfinals.

Following a serious knee injury that same year, Maheswari retired. Polli contemplated hanging the racket herself, but when Rahayu was inducted into the national team in 2017, she seized the opportunity to ‘run with her’. The new pairing clinched the 2017 French Open crown, marking a turning point for the then 30-year-old.

“After we won in France, I told Apri I have to go for another Olympics. I asked if she wanted to go with me and go for Tokyo. I told her she has to be disciplined, train with me, eat with me. We had to do whatever it takes to qualify.

“We were equals figuring out our Olympic journey. Ours is a special bond we will share for a lifetime.”

Polii announced her retirement early this month and bade an emotional farewell in front of a packed Istora during the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2022.

Olympic Day: Rossi’s Paris 2024 Journey Begins Now

Olympic Day: Rossi’s Paris 2024 Journey Begins Now

The mention of the name Remi Rossi will likely bring a beaming smile to the faces of many a badminton fan – the world No.713 is famous for a momentous win at the TotalEnergies Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 last year.

By beating Dutchman Robin Mesman in Aarhus, the Tahitian recorded the biggest win of his career, which prompted a delirious celebration. It was a rare victory for team, and country, which had been subjected to 5-0 losses on its tournament debut.

Rossi ecstatic after his win in Aarhus.

The 26-year-old, who has been working as a physical education teacher in Tahiti while juggling his badminton career, has big aims ahead – qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“I want to break into the world top 50,” Rossi, much aware of the challenges he faces, told BWF. “I know I have a long way to go, but I believe I can get there. Qualifying for Paris would mean everything, it would be so huge. I’m 100 per cent focused on Paris.”

BWF’s Player Development scheme provides Continental Confederations a grant to fund the training of potential Olympic stars. Rossi is a recipient of such scheme for Badminton Oceania beginning August in Denmark. The grant will fund Rossi’s training, accommodation, meals and physiotherapy for three months at the Centre of Excellence in Holbæk Sportsby, which has given birth to several Olympians.

Mauritius’ Georges Julien Paul was a beneficiary of the same grant for Badminton Africa for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle, and made his debut in the Japanese capital.

If he does make it, Rossi would represent France at the Olympics as Tahiti is an autonomous overseas country of the French Republic.

The French native, who lives in Lyon, however faces stiff competition in men’s singles, with the likes of Toma and Christo Popov, Arnaud Merkle and the young Alex Lanier vying for a home slot.

“I’m really excited about it, and thankful to BWF for the opportunity,” said Rossi. “I’m willing to make the sacrifices needed to qualify for Paris and represent France.

“I will be away from my family for some time but I’m willing to work and train hard. I’m looking forward to the whole experience of being surrounded by experienced coaches, sparring with big names and trying Danish food.”

Rossi also balances badminton and his teaching role alongside modelling and acting.

“It’s tough to fit it all in, but I do. I’ve now finished the teaching role, and I loved that. I will have one more month to train in Tahiti before I head to Denmark. So long tropical island life and hello Denmark,” he laughed.

The 26-year-old has worked as a model and actor, but is now 100 per cent focused on qualifying for Paris 2024.

IOC Scholarship Gives Mahmoud Boost for Paris 2024

IOC Scholarship Gives Mahmoud Boost for Paris 2024

Recent weeks have brought happy tidings for Aram Mahmoud, the Syria-born player who made history as the first badminton player to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020.

In his seventh year of staying in the Netherlands, Mahmoud was finally conferred Dutch citizenship last month, marking a huge moment in his personal and professional life. His family – his parents and siblings – joined him in the Netherlands last month, and will be eligible for Dutch citizenship after five years. Further good news arrived with the IOC announcing that Mahmoud was among 44 athletes who have been awarded Olympic Scholarships for Refugee Athletes through its Olympic Solidarity programme. As a Dutch citizen now, Mahmoud will no longer be eligible for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team; however, he will receive a transition scholarship to support his training and bid to qualify for Paris 2024.

Expressing his gratitude for the support, Mahmoud recalled his participation at Tokyo 2020: “I was very happy to get the scholarship (for Tokyo), which was amazing,” he said. “The moment I heard that I was selected to go to Tokyo was one of the biggest and best moments in my life. The journey during the Olympics and staying at the Olympic Village was a really big, big experience for me. I was very grateful to receive all the kind messages from all the people around the world who supported me. I really want to thank all the people and especially the IOC who supported us and gave us the opportunity.”

Aram Mahmoud, the first Syrian and the first from the IOC Refugee Team in the badminton competition.

Developments on the personal front too have pleased Mahmoud, with the citizenship now assuring him of a home base.

“I’m in the Netherlands for seven years now,” a happy Mahmoud said. “It (citizenship) gives me more stability to stay in the Netherlands and be a Dutch citizen. I’m still Syrian, and also a Dutch person. It means a lot, I’ve got used to living here and it’s given me a lot of stability in my life.”

Mahmoud, who was formerly with the Dutch club Almere, has been playing with German club Lüdinghausen for the last two years. He is thrilled with his family joining him, after years of being separated from them.

“It was amazing news to get after the Tokyo Olympics. I received a call from the government that my family were allowed to come stay with me. It gives them a new chance, especially for my younger brother and my younger sister, to build up their future again and try their best to achieve their goals here in the Netherlands. I will support them and I will be happy for them if they reach their goals.

“I used to call them every day when they were in Syria. They know I’m very busy with tournaments and I’m frequently in a different country. They’re used to it but because they are here now they want to see me more, so it will be a bit difficult in the beginning but they will get used to it.”

While chasing his Olympic dreams, Mahmoud is also pursuing his academic goals. He is studying Economics and Sports Marketing at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam, and has three years left to complete his course.

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