One of badminton’s most popular faces is no more. John Hansen, former Danish team manager and long-time tournament director of the Denmark Open, breathed his last on Wednesday 17 January. He was a day short of 76.
Hansen was a familiar figure at international badminton events, particularly at the Denmark Open, where he served as the tournament director for over three decades. He was an umpire at the inaugural World Championships in 1977 held in Malmo, Sweden. He had the unique privilege of heading the organising committee of the World Championships a record four times.