It is with great sadness that BWF has learned of Stellan Mohlin’s passing on 6 June 2018 at the age of 94.
One of the great elders of the sport, Stellan Mohlin had a long and illustrious career as a badminton player, administrator and elected official. Stellan Mohlin was IBF Vice President from 1968 to 1976 and IBF President from 1976 to 1981. He was elected as an Honorary Life Vice President in 1981, received the Herbert Scheele Award in 1991 and inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 1999. BWF salutes Stellan Mohlin.
Tribute to Stellan Mohlin
Stellan Mohlin’s love affair with badminton lasted almost as long as the International Badminton Federation [BWF] itself.
He first played the game in 1935, just a year after the founding of the Federation and through the years leading up to his induction to the Hall of Fame in 1999, his contribution to the sport as a player and administrator is one of the most distinguished in any sport.
As a player, he won the first of his 23 international caps at the age of 25 and along the way picked up 11 national titles. He moved into management and administration of the sport in 1954 as a committee member of the Svenkka Badmintonforbundet. His list of offices since, is long and illustrious.
He became a council member of the I.B.F in 1964 and assumed the presidency of the European Badminton Union in 1967.
His skills as a linguist and his ability to combine badminton travel with his international business interests made him an ideal candidate for that post. Membership to and participation in European competitions blossomed.
In 1976, he became President of the I.B.F and soon had the bitter sweet experience of watching his native Sweden running the First official World Championships while the I.B.F. was slowly breaking up before his eyes.
Once again he proved to be the right man in the right place at the right time and he represented I.B.F. interest in the difficult years between 1977 and 1980 when the sport was threatened with the formation of the rival World Badminton Federation.
It is always distressing to spend time preventing play and this tendency was kept to a minimum, due entirely to Stellan’s ability to maintain his enthusiasm and to his unshakable belief that international sport is a worthwhile pursuit and that its benefits will overcome almost any problem.
After four years of concentrated effort by Stellan and Craig Reedie, Stellan Mohlin was able to preside over a united Annual General Meeting in Tokyo in 1981 when the whole badminton world was present.
A grateful I.B.F. conferred on him its highest honour by unanimously electing him an Honorary Life Vice-President. Service of 20 years to the I.B.F. and 49 years to the game represents a commitment to badminton which very few people are prepared to make.
Stellan Mohlin was known, liked and respected wherever our sport was played. His advice and friendship had always been most welcome.
By William Kings