Students showcase their talent at the sixth Annual College Tournament – Cook Islands

Secondary schools students from around Rarotonga came together to battle it out in the sixth Annual College Badminton Tournament on Friday 10 June at the National Sports Arena. The excellent initiative developed by Badminton Cook Islands enjoyed its sixth year in 2021, making a prominent revival following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Northern Marianas gather excitement for Pacific Mini Games as they host free team tournament

The Northern Marianas Badminton Association (NMBA) hosted its first competition of the 2021 season last weekend, at the TSL Sports Complex. More than 50 players signed up to compete in the TanHoldings Badminton Team Tournament, which involed mixed teams comepting across all five disciplines. In an effort to attract new talent and celebrate the freedom to…

BWF announce Hall of Fame Inductees 2021

BWF Media Update Olympic gold medallists Zhang Ning, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng have been inducted into the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Hall of Fame. The trio from China will be officially recognised at a virtual ceremony and media event hosted by BWF on Wednesday 16 June 2021. Zhang, Cai and Fu were key figures…

Humans of Shuttle Time: Iakopo Molotii – Tuvalu

Pictured: Iakopo Molotii – second from left The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Iakopo Molotii, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Tuvalu Badminton Association, recounts how badminton has impacted his life on and off the court. I spent my childhood…

Oceania Players Pre-qualified – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Pictured (left to right): Wendy Chen, Simon Leung, Gronya Somerville, Setyana Mapasa (Australia) and Abhinav Manota (New Zealand). Photo Credit: Badminton Photo. After the BWF statement which was published over the weekend, find out which players from Oceania, which appear in the Road to Tokyo Rankings, are currently ‘pre-qualified’ for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.…

UPDATES ON TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm no further tournaments will be played inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying window. As such, while the qualification period officially closes 15 June 2021 as per the Revised Tokyo 2020 Qualification System, the current Race To Tokyo rankings list will not change. Invitations will be sent shortly…

BWF Level 1 coaching course smashes Gender Equity targets in Melbourne

Coaching is the most challenging area when it comes to gender equity in badminton. However, a recent BWF Level 1 Coaching Course in Melbourne smashed the targets for female representation. While the International Olympic Committee and Badminton World Federation strive for 30% female representation across programme areas, Badminton Oceania is also committed to strengthening gender…

Australian Lockdowns Non-Issue for Shuttle Time

During the downtime of 2020, Badminton Australia was able to grow its Shuttle Time participation despite lockdowns and inconsistent schooling throughout the year. With the aim of continuing to engage as many participants as possible to keep children fit, happy and healthy during a time when they had limited access to regular physical activities, Badminton…