Overcoming record-size tumour; Iakopo dedicates time and passion to growth of badminton in Tuvalu

Pictured: Iakopo (left) with Shuttle Time participants in Tuvalu Tuvalu Badminton Association’s President, Iakopo Molotii, discovered badminton in 2005 when he joined some of the islands expatriates to play badminton socially. He took a liking to the sport and quickly built up the foundations of Tuvalu Badminton, affirming their membership with Badminton Oceania in 2006,…

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BWF and WAoS announce second intake after successful first batch of sport industry scholarship holders

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have opened a new cycle of scholarships for WAoS’ and the University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in International Sports Management. The programme provides unique opportunities for dual-career athletes who have chosen to pursue their education without giving up their elite sporting…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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20 BWF COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTED IN; SCORING SYSTEM CHANGE NOT APPROVED AT 82ND BWF AGM 2021

At the 82nd BWF Annual General Meeting (AGM) held virtually today, the positions of BWF President, Deputy President and Vice President-Para Badminton, plus 20 BWF Council Members were confirmed for 2021 to 2024. Poul-Erik Høyer, KhunyingPatama Leeswadtrakul and Paul Kurzo were re-elected unopposed in their respective roles, signalling continuity at the top of the BWF…

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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…

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Ten weeks to go: Gronya and Setyana to compete in men’s doubles event in Olympic training boost

UPDATE (28/05/21): Following the latest lockdown in Melbourne announced by the Victorian lockdown on 28 May 2021, the YONEX City of Melbourne tournament mentioned below is now postponed. The new dates are to be confirmed. Friday 14 May 2021 marks ten weeks to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their…

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Singapore Open 2021 cancelled

Tournament organisers Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) and Badminton World Federation (BWF) have jointly agreed to cancel the Singapore Open 2021 scheduled for 1 – 6 June 2021. All attempts were made by the organisers and BWF to provide a safe tournament environment for all participants. However, rising COVID-19 cases globally led to complex challenges in managing…

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