She may still be making her name in international badminton but Tang Yuanting of China will be one of the new voices for players on the BWF Athletes’ Commission.
When nominations closed last Monday, the 20-year-old doubles specialist was the lone female among six nominees for three places on the representative body and therefore, in accordance with BWF regulations, automatically becomes a Commission member.
Election rules stipulate the three positions will be determined by the male with the highest number of votes; the female with the highest number of votes; and the person with the next highest number of votes (male or female). Tang’s election is due to the second stipulation.
This leaves five male nominees to vie for the two remaining positions.
They are (listed alphabetically by surname):
1. Shintaro Ikeda (Japan)
2. Lee Yong Dae (Korea)
3. Koen Ridder (Netherlands)
4. Prakash Vijayanath (South Africa)
5. Zhang Nan (China)
Athletes competing in the upcoming VIVO BWF Sudirman Cup in Dongguan will vote on Tuesday 12 May at the competition venue to decide who will take the other two seats on the BWF Athletes’ Commission. Lee is seeking re-election as he, Rodrigo Pacheco (Peru) and current Commission Chair, Emma Mason (Scotland), have ended their four-year term, resulting in the three vacant places on the six-member body.
The BWF Athletes’ Commission operates on a rotational basis, with half the panel being elected every two years. The three other members are Greysia Polii (Indonesia), Yuhan Tan (Belgium) and Hans Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark; Vice Chair) who were elected in 2013. One of the newly-constituted Commission’s first duties will be to determine a chair and that individual will sit on the BWF Council.
Please click here for profiles of the nominees and the election procedures.
The BWF Athletes’ Commission was established in 2008. Its purpose is to represent the views of athletes to the BWF Council. The Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission is a full voting member of the Council and has the responsibility of advising the Council on matters relevant to athletes.
The BWF Athletes’ Commission is guided by the Athletes’ Commission Charter.
Text by Gayle Alleyne | Badmintonphoto