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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IOC issues communique on Tokyo 2020

BWF MEDIA STATEMENT The International Olympic Committee (IOC), while continuing its consultations with stakeholders of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, has issued a communique on the principles established by the IOC Executive Board, together with their implementation in cooperation with all the stakeholders concerned. Badminton World Federation is fully supportive of all the positions stated in…

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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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Significant implications for Oceania Para players following cancellation of the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020

Pictured: Corrie Keith Robinson, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo On Saturday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed the cancellation of the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020. Four players from Australia and New Zealand had entered the event: Corrie Keith Robinson (NZL) Kim Duong (AUS) Celine Vinot (AUS) Hayden Bognar (AUS) Despite trying to ensure…

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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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Seven Para badminton players from Oceania reaping the benefits from the BWF Female Participation Grant

Pictured: Carrie Wilson, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Ballarat Badminton In 2020, over 70 applications were received from more than 30 countries worldwide as female athletes were encouraged to apply for financial support to attend and be Internationally Classified at a number of BWF sanctioned International tournaments in 2020. Seven female Para badminton players from Oceania…

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The Oceania Tour returns in 2020

Pictured: Abhinav Manota, New Zealand Following a successful launch last year, the Oceania Tour returns in 2020. The initiative is linked to the Badminton Oceania Player Development programme, which is supported by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The aim of the Oceania Tour 2020 is to both encourage players in the region to support Oceania…

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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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Meet Cherish and Joel Reti – the first umpires from Samoa to officiate at the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

Pictured: Cherish Reti, Samoa. Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton In January 2019, Badminton Oceania joined forces with Samoa Badminton Federation to run their first national technical official development course. With the excitement of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games mounting at the time, Samoa seized the opportunity to train up their local workforce to support the Pacific…

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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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Australia women’s team defend title to defeat New Zealand. New Caledonia claim bronze – VICTOR Oceania Women’s Team Championships 2020

Pictured: Louisa Ma (Australia). Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton Team Australia double booked their TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber 2020 Finals appearance as the women joined the men in defeating New Zealand during today’s women’s team final. Both finals panned out in a similar pattern, with a series of tense opening singles matches, before the doubles…

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Australia defeat New Zealand to claim gold, Tahiti defeat Pacific rivals for bronze – VICTOR Oceania Men’s Team Championships 2020

Pictured: Jacob Schueler, Australia. Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton  Two rivalries ensured an electric atmosphere on finals day at the VICTOR Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships 2020. The Trans-Tasman gold medal match between Australia and New Zealand took place on the courts parallel to one of the biggest Pacific rivalries – New Caledonia and Tahiti…

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