The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will stage its 82nd BWF Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 22 May 2021. It will be the third meeting of its kind to be held virtually after last year’s AGM and January’s Extraordinary General Meeting.
A number of items are on the agenda including the scheduled BWF Council Elections – uniquely falling in an Olympic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There will be a vote to decide three positions on the Executive Board – BWF President, BWF Deputy President, and BWF Vice President-Para Badminton – as well as to determine 20 Council positions. Elections will be conducted virtually using electronic voting systems.
Different proposals from the Membership will be discussed during the BWF AGM, most notably a proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, seconded by Badminton Asia, to amend the Laws of Badminton relating to the Scoring System. The BWF Council has taken forward this proposal and it will be voted on by the Membership in May.
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said he welcomed the proposal from the Membership. “The proposed scoring system change is part of my vision to make badminton more exciting and to increase the entertainment value for stakeholders and fans.
“The last time this topic was tabled it did resonate with a significant section of our Membership with a narrow verdict met. We concede the timing was not right back then but I’m pleased to see this being driven by the Membership once more.
“This is only proposed to be introduced after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, I’m confident this is a more favourable time to affect this change.”
Proposed Scoring System Change – What You Need to Know
- Proposal submitted by Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives
- Based on 5 games to 11
- Related changes regarding Change of Ends and Continuous Play also motioned.
- Not to be introduced until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Please see attached original reference material published in 2018 for further information:
- Appendix A breaks down proposed scoring system changes.
- Appendix B evaluates benefits for players.
BWF encourages all stakeholder groups within the badminton community – Member Associations, Players, Coaches and Team Management – to review the 2018 material and consult internally within their Federations. More information will be circulated in the build up to the AGM on 22 May 2021.
The Membership will also vote to confirm the inaugural members of the BWF Vetting Panel, as well as BWF Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) and the President and Deputy President of the IHP.
Further details of the agenda for the 82nd BWF will be published here: https://corporate.bwfbadminton.com/about/forum-agm/ .