Honorary Life Vice Presidents
Sir Craig ReedieScotlandView ProfileSir Craig Reedie CBE, has had a stellar career in international sport serving in a wide range of positions. An IOC member since 1994, Sir Craig is IOC Vice President and a member of the IOC Executive Board. Sir Craig is also President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a position he took up in January 2014 after serving as a member of the WADA Foundation Board since it was established in 1999.
Sir Craig was an IBF Council member (1970–1977), Vice President (1977–1981), President (1981–1984) and has been an Honorary Life Vice Presidency since 1985.
In 1981, Sir Craig became IBF President at the age of 40, the youngest IBF President to date and this marked the start of a more youth orientated outlook within the Federation. Sir Craig was a visionary. He played a vital role in first solving a potential split within the IBF in the late seventies and early eighties and secondly made a truly significant contribution in securing badminton’s place on the Olympic Games programme of sports which was confirmed by the IOC in 1985.
Sir Craig Reedie joined Scottish Badminton Union (SBU) Council in 1964, and went on to serve as honorary secretary and treasurer. Sir Craig was Vice President (1975-77) and then President (1977-79) of the SBU. Sir Craig then became Vice President of the European Badminton Union (now Badminton Europe) (1974-80).
Justian SuhandinataIndonesiaView ProfileJustian Suhandinata has a long history in badminton as a player, owner one of the strongest badminton clubs in Indonesia, as an event organizer, leader and philanthropist.
His passion for, and commitment to the development of badminton has a long history at the national, continental and world level and he has held many leadership roles in badminton for more than 40 years.
In 1986, he was elected a Council Member of the International Badminton Federation and subsequently Vice President from 1992 – 2002. In 2009 – Justian was again re-elected for another 4-year term on Council.
Justian was the man behind the introduction of the World Junior Championships. In the mid 1980's he organized the Jakarta Open Junior Championships securing sponsorships and inviting all the best junior players from around the world. This event was the forerunner to the World Junior Championships.In this way Justian Suhandinata convinced a hesitant Council that the event was sustainable. The first official World Junior Championships of the IBF / BWF was held in Jakarta in 1992.
Most appropriately the World Junior Team Championships trophy introduced a few years later is named the Suhandinata Cup after the family of which Justian is the most prominent member.
Justian was a driving force in the Indonesian Badminton Association for more than 40 years and he was a former Vice President of the Indonesian Badminton Association for 8 years from 1985 to 1993.
Madam Lu ShengrongChinaView ProfileLu Shengrong had an outstanding career as an international sports administrator.
Madam Lu was elected to the IBF Council in 1983 and was Vice President (1984 -1993) and Deputy Chair of Council (1990 – 1993) before being elected unopposed as IBF President in 1993.
Madam Lu created history in 1993 by becoming the first woman President of the International Badminton Federation, a post she kept for two terms until 2001. Her election as IBF President in 1993 was also the first Chinese President of any international sporting organisation and marked a major step in her rise to the top of an International Federation of the Summer Olympic Programme.
During her presidency, Madam Lu became a member of the International Olympic Committee and a member of the inaugural IOC Women & Sports Working Group (1996 – 2001) – later an IOC Commission – and has throughout her career, a advocated strongly for women in sport.
Madam Lu also held a number of posts nationally including Vice President of the China Badminton Federation in 1988 and an Executive member of the Chinese Olympic Committee in 1996.
Madam Lu has been an Honorary Life Vice President since 2005 and she was admitted to the BWF Hall of Fame in 2006. Madam Lu was awarded the inaugural Women in Badminton Award in 2011.
Jeffrey RobsonNew ZealandView ProfileDr Jeffrey Ellis Robson MBE was one of the most outstanding New Zealand sportsmen of his day, excelling at both badminton and tennis on the international stage. On top of his many tournament successes, he also holds the distinction of being captain of both New Zealand’s Davis Cup tennis and their Thomas Cup badminton teams.
Jeff Robson’s career as an administrator was just as distinguished and included 25 years of service with the IBF. Robson was IBF Council Member (1979 -2004), Deputy Chair of Council (1997-2002) and IBF Vice President (1989 - 2004). Jeff Robson was elected Honorary Life Vice President in 2005 and received the Herbert Scheele Award in 2009.
His devotion to sport led to an MBE in 1976 for his services to badminton and tennis and in 1990 he became an inaugural member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004 he and his wife Heather received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Badminton New Zealand.
Jeff Robson was President of Badminton New Zealand (1981-1983) and has been a Life Member of Badminton New Zealand since 1983 and Patron since 1995.
In 2004 Jeff Robson received the prestigious Halberg Trust New Zealand Herald Lifetime Achievement Award.
Charoen WattanasinThailandView ProfileProfessor Charoen Wattanasin was an IBF Council member (1974 - 1976) a member of the ICT Committee (1982 - 1990) and a member of the Development and Publicity Committee (1984 - 2000) and IBF Vice President (1990 – 2005), before retiring in 2005. He was inducted into the BWF Hall of Fame in 2000, was a Technical Delegate at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games badminton competition and he became an Honorary Life Vice President of the IBF / BWF in 2005.
Professor Wattanasin has had more than 60 years involvement in badminton at national and international levels as both a player and an administrator.
He was a talented player on the international circuit in the fifties and early sixties, twice runner-up of the All England Championships men’s singles and he won the World Invitation singles title in Glasgow twice as well as many titles in Asia, Europe and USA.
Professor Wattanasin was a long-standing administrator for Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). He was a Member of the Executive Committee (1971-1978), Honorary Secretary General (1987-1991) and Vice President (1991-1995).
Dr Kang Young JoongKoreaView ProfileDr. Kang Young Joong was BWF President for two terms (2005 – 2013), the President of the Asian Badminton Confederation (2003 – 2005) and President of the Korea Badminton Association (2003 – 2009). Dr Kang has been an Honorary Life Vice President since 2014.
Dr Kang brought his considerable business and commercial experience to the Council and as President and Chair of Council, emphasized the importance of a transparent, principled and a democratic approach to governance. During his Presidency the Council brought in many new initiatives, particularly in his second term as President.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr Kang oversaw the most significant periods of growth in the 80-year history of the BWF. His leadership and changes within the BWF helped to establish the conditions for “best practice” and excellence for the sport and the BWF.
During this period, the BWF and badminton went through unprecedented change. The rise and rise in the status of badminton and the BWF was due to effective leadership by Council, good governance, key partnerships, a strategic approach and the significant upgrading in the professional staff managing the day-to-day operations.