As per the BWF General Competition Regulations (GCR) Clause 5.6 (Registration for Entry and Player Movement), Players can compete in BWF sanctioned tournaments by being a “Registered Player for Entry” with a BWF Member.
Should a Player choose not to participate anymore in BWF sanctioned tournaments, as per GCR 5.7 (Deregistration), they can “deregister” and thus no longer be considered a “Registered Player for Entry”.
A Player can also choose to “retire”, as per GCR 5.8 (Retirement).
The following table outlines the differences between “Deregistration” and “Retirement” as it pertains to participation, integrity, fines, and obligations should a Player choose to return to competition.
Definition: Deregistration means the player no longer wants to be a “Registered Player for Entry”.Definition: Retirement means that the player will completely stop playing in badminton competitions organised under the framework of the BWF.
|DEREGISTRATION (GCR, Regulation 5.7)||RETIREMENT (GCR, Regulation 5.8)|
|Definition: Deregistration means the player no longer wants to be a “Registered Player for Entry”.||Definition: Retirement means that the player will completely stop playing in badminton competitions organised under the framework of the BWF.|
|Participation: Deregistered players can participate in national competitions, but not in BWF sanctioned tournaments.||Participation: Retired players cannot participate in any structured competitive badminton activity, except those that are purely recreational.|
|Integrity: Deregistered players remain under BWF rules and can be tested for doping.||Integrity: Retired players will no longer be tested for doping, but remain subject to BWF rules for potential breaches that occurred before they retired.|
|Fines: Top committed players who deregister may be liable for fines if they are registered again within 12 months.||Fines: Top committed players who retire may be liable for fines if they return to competition within 12 months.|
|Return to international competition: Deregistered players must give a three-month notice before being registered again.||Return to competition: Players who retire must give a six-month notice to the BWF before coming back to competition.|
For your reference, the new form which Players must complete and submit to BWF via their respective Member should they wish to either “Deregister” or “Retire” – linked here. The Word document can be downloaded from the Players section of the BWF website (linked here).
More information, as well as the Word version of this new form, can be found at the “Retirement & Deregistration” page of the BWF Corporate website at: https://corporate.bwfbadminton.com/players/retirement/