Cherish Reti imparts her umpiring wisdom on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Every year on April 6, the United Nations and International Olympic Committee celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The day acknowledges sports ability to act as a vehicle for change in promoting development and peace. In 2021, it comes as no surprise that the theme is #OnlyTogether which focuses largely around the…

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BWF excels on #SportOnSocial league table 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has been recognised for its prowess on social media in the #SportOnSocial League Table 2021 rankings powered by Redtorch. The annual rankings report released on Tuesday 30 March 2021 reviews the social media performance of Olympic International Federations across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube throughout COVID-19 affected 2020 (1 January…

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BWF statement on changes to tournament status – updated April 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm two BWF Tour Super 100 tournaments – the Russian Open 2021 and Indonesia Masters 2021 Super 100 – have been cancelled. The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments. The respective decisions of the National Badminton Federation of Russia and Badminton Indonesia were made…

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BWF ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR 82nd AGM IN MAY

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 –…

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Two from Oceania welcomed on board the BWF’s first batch of semi-professional umpires

Pictured: Trish Gubb (New Zealand) and Jiten Bhatt (Australia). Photo Credit: Badminton Photo The era of semi-professional umpires has dawned in badminton, with members of the first batch appointed by BWF officiating at the Asian Leg in January and at the recently-concluded YONEX Swiss Open 2021. The appointment of Bert Vahorenbeeck (Belgium), Diraj Gooneadry (Mauritius),…

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Australia claim their qualification spot for the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2021

Pictured: Australia winning the VICTOR Oceania Mixed Team Championships 2019 The VICTOR Oceania Championships 2021 was originally scheduled to take place in February 2021. However, the tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winning team from the Open Mixed Team Championships would have qualified for the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2021, which rescheduled…

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Northern Marianas #ChooseToChallenge with the highest % of female Board Representatives

Pictured (left to right): Janelle Pangilinan, Shirley Kim, Merlie Tolentino and Cristy Villaflor – Norther Marianas Badminton Assoication Today (Monday 8 March 2021) is International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being #ChooseToChallenge. The movement aims to bring awareness to our individual thoughts, actions and ability to choose, challenge and call out gender bias and…

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Pacific Games Champion and future Paralympian #ChooseToChallenge with Inclusive GymBad on International Women’s Day – PNG

Pictured (left to right): Linda Pulsan, Inclusive GymBad session, Nelly Leva Every year on March 8, the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day. This year, the theme is #ChooseToChallenge – which aims to bring awareness to our individual thoughts, actions and ability to choose, challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all…

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Kiribati students upskill in Fiji, before returning home to deliver Shuttle Time

Badminton Oceania’s regional development officer, Kumon Tarawa, recently delivered Shuttle Time teacher training with 18 i-Kiribati students who are currently studying at The University of the South Pacific (USP), in Fiji, who were looking for ways to engage with both their student and local Kiribati communities in Fiji, before preparing to take their new skills…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Sione Vainikolo – Tonga

Pictured: Sione Vainikolo, Tonga The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Sione Vainikolo, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Tonga National Badminton Association, recounts how badminton has impacted his life on and off the court. I grew up in an island called…

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