Badminton Oceania, with the support of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) are pleased to announce Remi Rossi (Tahiti) and Dgeniva Matauli (New Caledonia) as the regional ambassadors for the ‘i am badminton’ integrity awareness campaign.
Gold medallists in the men’s and women’s singles disciplines at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, Remi and Dgeniva are familiar faces in the Oceania scene, having competed in a number of Oceania’s Grade 3 tournaments and Continental Championships over the last decade.
Every athlete has the right to compete in clean and fair sport, which is what the ‘i am badminton’ awareness campaign represents. The aim is for players to be able to express their love and respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play.
Launched in 2015, the BWF’s ‘i am badminton’ awareness campaign was created as the vehicle for sharing knowledge and communicating the integrity function in badminton.
Ambassadors have played an integral part in the campaign, with top badminton and para-badminton stars such as PV Sindhu, Michelle Li, Daniel Chen and Jack Shepard stepping up to the mark in April 2020. The campaign continues to roll out across the globe, with additional ambassadors from Oceania which aims to encourage the region’s athletes to be participants in shaping the integrity of the sport.
“Remi and Dgeniva were selected as they are exceptional role models for our Pacific-based players who are gradually becoming more involved in the global badminton scene”
“Not only have they earned their respect as committed players through their results at the previous Pacific Games, but their enthusiasm and passion to uphold the integrity of the sport was made clear as they jumped at the chance to represent Oceania”, says Badminton Oceania Coaching and Development Manager, Robbie Thackham.
“We’re delighted to welcome Remi and Dgeniva on board as regional ambassadors. It is crucial to our long-term strategy to ensure there is representation across our continents and they have proven to be excellent role models for their peers and we look forward to working with them to promote and protect the integrity of badminton”, says BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund.
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