Gronya Somerville: ‘I plan to bring my Sports Science Degree skills out during this time’

Pictured: Gronya Somerville, Australia. Photo credit: Badminton Photo It wasn’t until mixed doubles partner, Simon Leung, brought up the COVID-19 topic at the end of January that Somerville learnt of the virus. While competing in the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020 in January, Leung reached out to alert Gronya about the unfolding events in China,…

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Postponed

BWF MEDIA STATEMENT International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons welcomed yesterday’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe confirmed the postponement of the the Olympic Games decision after conference call among leaders on Tuesday. Parsons said in a statement: “Postponing the Tokyo…

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Recovering from injury and adapting during this ‘disheartening time’ – Australia’s Setyana Mapasa

Pictured: Setyana Mapasa, Australia. Photo credit: Badminton Photo As the world copes with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, athletes across the globe are learning to cope with the new, unforeseen circumstances which will shape their future careers. The International Olympic Committee has yet to make a decision on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, following their official…

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Whirlwind journey for New Zealand’s Olympic hopefuls as COVID-19 halts tour of Europe

Pictured: Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Luis Veniegra Photography Last month, New Zealand trio Abhinav Manota, Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak enjoyed shared success at the VICTOR Oceania Championships as Manota took home two individual Gold medals in the men’s singles and doubles (alongside Leydon-Davis), while all three took home a…

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Oceania Masters in Paradise Postponed

In light of the developing COVID-19 outbreak and recent ‘Pandemic’ prescribed by the World Health Organisation, Badminton Oceania and Badminton Cook Islands have decided to postpone the international sporting event; Oceania Masters in Paradise – 21-26 June in Rarotonga, Cook Islands “Whilst this is a disappointing decision to make; it is not a difficult one…

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BWF media statement on COVID-19

BWF PRESS RELEASE BWF has published a series of Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 and the different impacts this has on various groups within the badminton community. It includes implications for players and teams related to regulations, entries and withdrawals, rankings and financial reimbursement if a tournament is postponed or cancelled. COVID-19: Important Information…

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Recently retired BWF Umpire, Susan Taylor, awarded President of Oceania Women Award (POWA)

The President of Oceania Women Award (POWA) honours the first Badminton Oceania President—Heather Robson. The trophy is awarded bi-annually and gives recognition to any person who has contributed significantly to the promotion, development and advancement of badminton for women throughout Oceania. Previous winners include Val Nesbitt (2013), Judith Cousins (2015) and Nynette Sass (2017). During…

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Australia’s Missen and Manzoney defend their titles. Papua New Guinea take home a first silver. VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2020

Pictured: Grant Manzoney (Australia). Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton The final day of the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2020 continued to inspire and amaze as the 34 athletes, across 10 disciplines, fought for their place on top of the podium. Australia’s second seed in the men’s singles WH1 classification, Richard John Davis, caused the first…

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BWF begins adoption of synthetic feather shuttlecock for long-term sustainability

Text credit: Badminton World Federation (BWF). Photo credit: Badminton Photo Badminton World Federation (BWF) has approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at BWF International sanctioned tournaments of all levels from 2021. Following this decision, BWF has made it possible for shuttlecock manufacturers to seek approval under the BWF Equipment Approval scheme for versions of…

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Identified at BWF Shuttle Time sessions, the next wave of Tonga’s Junior Players undertake a two-month intense training camp in China

Fifteen players, aged between 12-15 years old are currently taking part in a two-month intense training programme in the Hunan Province, China – organised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tonga as part of a project partnership with China International Sports Co.Ltd, All fifteen players were originally identified at various BWF Shuttle Time sessions…

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