The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the highest authority of the
BWF. The Council oversees the day to day business of the BWF between AGMs.
The Key Decisions of the AGM and Council are published after the meetings and can be downloaded above.
The last face to face meeting of Council was held in Lausanne on 18 and 19 February 2020. Since then, the Council has met in a virtual format.
The annual business meeting of the membership is usually held in May each year. The main business of the AGM is to 1) receive reports from the Council, 2) approve the audited accounts, 3) receive the strategic plan of the Federation, 4) approve proposals for amendments to the Constitution and Laws of Badminton and 5) elect the Council.
The Council is the elected governing board of the BWF and serves a term of four years. The Council conducts and oversees the day to day affairs of the BWF between AGMs.
The roles and procedures of Council are defined in the BWF Statutes – Section 1.2.1 Guidelines for Council and Section 1.2.2 Federation Rules and Procedures. In March 2019, the Council approved a Council Member Declaration which all Council members have signed. This declaration is a commitment by each Council member to their legal and ethical obligations as elected officials of the BWF.
Meeting dates of Council for 2021
- March – virtual meeting
- May – virtual meeting
- June – virtual meeting
- July – Tokyo – face to face
- November – Kuala Lumpur – face to face
Virtual Council meetings will take place as needed in between these dates.
The Council consists of 30 members:
- Deputy President
- Vice President Africa
- Vice President Asia
- Vice President Europe
- Vice President Oceania
- Vice President Pan America
- Vice President Para Badminton
- 20 other Council members
- Chair of the Athletes’ Commission
- Chair of the Para Badminton Athletes’ Commission
The Executive Board is made up of the eight officers and the Chairs of each of the Committees formed by Council. The main responsibility of the Executive Board is to make decisions between Council meetings.
There are eight committees which cover all key functional areas of the BWF. Committees consist of Council members. Within their scope of work, committees formulate plans, policies and proposals for Council approval.
Communications and Media Committee
Para badminton Committee
Development and Sport for All Committee
IOC & International Relations Committee
Commissions are specialist groups with particular expertise and are made up of both Council members and external expertise. Except for the Athletes’ Commission, and the Para badminton Athletes’ Commission, the terms of reference and the membership of the Commission is approved by Council. The Commissions are:
Governance & Ethics Commission
Gender Equity Commission
Para badminton Commission
Para Badminton Athletes’ Commission
Tournament Doctors Commission
Sports Science & Medical Research Commission
Technical Official Commission