Honorary Life Vice Presidents
Dato Lim Teong KiatMalaysiaView ProfileDato’ Wira Lim Teong Kiat
Dato’ Wira Lim Teong Kiat, or Dato Lim has been involved in badminton for more than 40 years, contributing to the game not only in Malaysia but also at a global level.
Dato’ Lim was Vice President for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for 26 years, from 1982 to 2008. He was the Team Manager for the Malaysian badminton team at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics, Honorary Treasurer of the BAM from 2006 to 2017, and its Deputy President from 2017 to 2021.
At the international level, Dato Lim put to good use his long experience within badminton and as a chartered accountant. He was appointed Chair of BWF’s Finance Committee in 2009 and retained his position for 12 years, until May 2021.
During this time, Dato’ Lim oversaw the most extensive period of development and financial growth in the history of the BWF. This period saw the restructuring of BWFs events framework, the significant enhancement of the quality of the badminton brand, the increase commercial value of event properties and partnerships with global brands.
Dato’ Lim’s involvement in badminton for more than 40 years, speaks volumes of his contribution to the game not only for Malaysia, but also for BWF and world badminton. For his contribution to the sport, Dato’ Lim received the BWF Meritorious Service Award in 2008.
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).
Torsten BergDenmarkView ProfileTorsten Berg
Torsten Berg has been involved in international badminton for more than 37 years, contributing both to the administration of the game and its refereeing. It all started in 1985 with his election as Continental Representative for Europe in what was then the International Badminton Federation. He went on to serve for 28 years on the BWF Council in a wide range of roles, including as BWF Vice President for Europe (2002-2013), and in several committees, commissions, and working groups representing all facets of the sport. Torsten was involved in the Development Committee (1985-2000 - and as Chair (1988 - 1995), the Rules and Laws Committee (1985-2000), the Administration Committee (2001-2013), the Courts Officials Committee (1995-2018) and as Chair of the IOC and International Relations Committee (2008-2013).
Between 2009 and 2012, Torsten guided the integration of Para Badminton into the governance and management structures of the BWF with the strong support of the BWF President Dr Kang Young Joong, and advocated for the greater participation of women in the BWF structures.
Torsten was Chair of the Awards Commission (2009-2013) and member of the named Constitution / Governance & Ethics Commission (2009-2022), a position in which he contributed to the development of BWF’s governance and ethics rules.
Despite his long involvement in badminton’s administration, Torsten’s heart was always on the court, or around it, refereeing the sport. A certificated referee since 1986, he has served the game at the highest level – refereeing at three Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012), as well as several BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, BWF World Championships and Sudirman Cups. His final tenure as a BWF Certificated Referee was at the BWF World Superseries Finals in 2013 and he has since continued as a Referee Assessor until today.
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.
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.