The BWF Player of the Year Awards will enter a new era from next season with key changes to the awards and the voting process.
There will be five marquee awards recognising the best player or pair in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The winners will be calculated from a combination of world ranking points collected during the eligibility period and votes collected from a panel of experts after every HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 and Super 1000 event, as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (for the 2024 season), or subsequent BWF World Championships, and the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.
The eligibility period has been changed to 1 December to 30 November for each award cycle.
A weighting system has been established whereby the world ranking points will represent a larger value of the total sum of awards points collected.
The individuals selected to the voting panel will have had a distinguished career in badminton either as a player, coach, commentator, or member of the media.
There are two additional player voted awards with the Players’ Player of the Year (Men) and Players’ Player of the Year (Women), replacing the existing Most Improved award.
The Eddy Choong Most Promising Award has been renamed the Eddy Choong Rising Star Award and seeks to exclusively recognise young talent. This will be selected by the BWF Awards Commission and approved by Council.
From next year onwards, BWF Hall of Fame Inductees will also be recognised at the end-of-year BWF Gala Dinner.
New Awards Structure from 2024
- Men’s Singles Player of the Year
- Women’s Singles Player of the Year
- Men’s Doubles Pair of the Year
- Women’s Doubles Pair of the Year
- Mixed Doubles Pair of the Year
- Players’ Player of the Year (Men)
- Players’ Player of the Year (Women)
- Eddy Choong Rising Star
- Men’s Para Badminton Player of the Year
- Women’s Para Badminton Player of the Year
- Para Badminton Pair of the Year
- BWF Hall of Fame Inductees
The revamped BWF Player of the Year Awards aims to increase prestige and transparency of the awards, as well as engaging key stakeholders throughout the voting process.
The 2023 edition of the BWF Player of the Year Awards will take place in Hangzhou, China on 11 December – the last under the current format.