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世界羽联将暂停举办更多巡回赛

世界羽联在与东道主会员协会和各大洲羽毛球联合会密切协商后达成共识,采取必要步骤,暂停原计划于5月、6月和7月举行的汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛、世界羽联低级别巡回赛和其他世界羽联批准的比赛。

受影响的比赛包括三个汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛,其中包括2020印尼公开赛,此外还有青少年和残疾人羽毛球比赛也将暂停举办。

二级国际比赛:

  • 2020澳大利亚公开赛(6月2 – 7日)
  • 2020泰国公开赛 (6月9 – 14日)
  • 2020BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛 (6月16 – 21日)
  • 2020俄罗斯公开赛 (7月7日至12日)

低级别国际比赛:

  • 2020李宁丹麦挑战赛(5月7 – 10日)
  • 斯洛文尼亚挑战赛(5月13 – 16日)
  • 2020尤尼克斯拉脱维亚国际挑战赛(5月28 – 31日)
  • 2020越南国际挑战赛 (6月2 – 7日)
  • 2020立陶宛国际挑战赛(6月4 – 7日)
  • 2020加拿大国际残疾人羽毛球赛(6月9 – 14日)
  • 2020俄罗斯国际青年挑战赛(6月25 – 28日)
  • 2020俄罗斯国际挑战赛 (7月1 – 5日)
  • 2020年全英青少年羽毛球锦标赛(7月16 – 19日)

全球范围内的COVID-19疫情升级导致所有各方确认暂停这些比赛。所有运动员及其随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷的健康和安全一直是我们优先考虑的事项。

上周,世界羽联冻结了世界排名和世界青年排名,排名可以追溯到2020年3月17日。世界羽联将在疫情得到缓和之后提供更明确的解冻排名方案。

世界羽联还在审查2020年东京奥运会和残奥会改期对奥运会和残奥会积分资格的影响。这一审查过程预计将持续数周,随后世界羽联将发表进一步声明。

我们始终与受这一全球流行病影响的每一个人同在,我们鼓励人们呆在家里,保持安全。

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Yuhan Tan in WADA Athlete Committee

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Yuhan Tan in WADA Athlete Committee

Belgium’s Yuhan Tan was appointed to the Athlete Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency by the WADA Executive Committee on Wednesday.

The left-hander, who represented Belgium at two Olympics (2012 and 2016), joined 12-time Paralympic medallist Chelsey Gotell in the Athlete Committee. Another former badminton international, Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic, is also a part of the 11-member Athlete Committee.

New Zealand’s Ben Sandford succeeded Beckie Scott as chairman of the latest committee.

There are five WADA Standing Committees for 2020 – Athlete; Finance and Administration; Compliance Review; Health, Medical and Research; and Education.

Tan has prior experience in representing athletes – he was part of the BWF Athletes’ Commission from May 2013 to May 2017, and as Chair of the commission, was a BWF Council member from 2015 to 2017.

After a 14-year playing career, Tan’s last event as a competitive player was the Rio Olympics in 2016.

世界羽联将冻结世界排名及世界青年排名

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世界羽联将冻结世界排名及世界青年排名

世界羽联在此宣布将冻结世界排名和世界青年排名,解冻日期另行通知。

由于爆发了COVID-19疫情,从2020年3月中旬到2020年4月底,羽毛球界经历了一次前所未有的国际赛事空窗期。目前我们很难确定下一场国际赛事将在何时举行,预计5月和6月还将有更多的比赛暂停。

冻结排名的日期可以追溯到第12周,也就是最后一场国际比赛——2020尤尼克斯全英公开赛之后的那一周。

于2020年3月17日发布的排名表将作为下一场国际赛事确定参赛种子选手的基础——尽管现阶段很难确定下一场国际赛事将在何时举行。世界羽联将在之后提供更多的信息,以说明在国际巡回赛开始后,排名最终将如何“解冻”。

然而,在我们对恢复比赛和重新安排之前已暂停的比赛后的国际赛程有一个准确的了解之前,很难在现阶段给出准确的解冻方案。

我们正在商讨解决方案,以一种交错的方式来解冻排名,以避免任何极端的分数下降影响球员排名结构。

世界羽联正在与运动员委员会紧密联系,以了解COVID- 19疫情对运动员造成的负面影响。运动员委员会完全支持从第12周开始冻结世界羽联世界排名,并同意需要根据目前正在审查的更准确的赛事日历信息来确定解冻排名的确切程序。

世界羽联希望在未来几周内就重新安排的比赛发布更多信息,这也将为排名解冻提供更清晰的信息。

继昨天宣布将2020年东京奥运会改期至2021年7月23日至8月8日之后,世界羽联现在还将启动审查程序,以确认对奥运会积分资格的任何影响。请注意,冻结世界排名的后果将不适用于奥运会积分资格。

这一审查过程预计将持续数周,一旦所有情况都得到仔细考虑,世界羽联将作出进一步宣布。

 

**注:从3月17日起的冻结排名将从今天(2020年3月31日)起生效,直至冻结结束。

 

Conrad-Petersen to Bid Adieu After Thomas Cup

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Conrad-Petersen to Bid Adieu After Thomas Cup

Mads Conrad-Petersen, one of Denmark’s best men’s doubles players over the last decade, has called time on his career. In a statement released by Badminton Denmark, Conrad-Petersen announced that his last event would be the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 that is scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark, in August this year.

Conrad-Petersen’s most productive partnership was with Mads Pieler Kolding; the duo achieved a career-best ranking of No.4 in 2018. He was in three Superseries finals with Kolding – Hong Kong Open 2017, French Open 2015 and India Open 2015.

But Conrad-Petersen’s biggest achievement would surely be the Thomas Cup title that Denmark achieved in 2016, the first time a non-Asian country achieved that honour. A crucial victory in that campaign was Denmark’s 3-2 result over defending champions Japan in the quarterfinals, in which Conrad-Petersen teamed up with Mathias Boe to beat Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

The partnership with Kolding ended in 2018, after which Conrad-Petersen paired up with Boe. The duo won the Spanish International, the Canada Open and the Russian Open last year, but were less successful at top-tier events. The 32-year-old is currently ranked No.18 with Boe.

In a message on his Facebook page, Conrad-Petersen said:

“I have had so many incredible moments during my badminton career and I am so happy and proud of what I have achieved together with my partners through the years. Many ups and downs but to be honest it is definitely the victory moments, the feeling of improving and reaching the highest of my potential that (is) up in my head…

“On all parameters I am mentally done, and I look forward to a new life where I am sure I will do even better than on the badminton court. I look forward to be judged also from my personality and human skills and not only my badminton skills.

“But badminton has been giving me so many friends and connections around the world and memories I will never ever forget. I have travelled around the world and played in the most legendary arenas, and beaten almost everyone with Kolding especially… Lots of memorable matches in my head and lots of good quality time with all my different partners throughout the years.

Conrad-Petersen (far right) was a vital part of the Thomas Cup-winning team of 2016.

“I am really proud of my career even though I never reached the last level required to win the biggest titles and get the biggest medals and I am thankful for the experiences I have gotten through my professional badminton career.”

Badminton Denmark said it would miss Conrad-Petersen.

“We are obviously sorry that such a talented player like Mads chooses to stop,” said Jens Meibom, Director of Elite Sports. “But we respect the decision he made… We will miss Mads here at the training and we hope that we can make use of Mads’ knowledge and skills in badminton at some point in the future. We wish him and the family all the best in the future.”

Also read:

‘Give Each Other A Smile – The Badminton Is Better’

Ten Months to Self-Discovery

 

世界羽联关于2020年东京奥运会和残奥会延期声明

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世界羽联关于2020年东京奥运会和残奥会延期声明

COVID-19疫情导致了许多无法预知的挑战。今天,我们与国际奥委会和国际残奥委员会一道,对东京奥运会和残奥会延期举办表示支持。

世界羽联完全支持国际奥委会主席巴赫、日本首相安倍晋三和东京奥组委昨天做出的决定,即“将奥运会的时间安排到2020年以后,但不晚于2021年夏季”。

正如大家所了解到的,平衡整个体育界是一项复杂的工作,因此我们支持这一决定是因为我们知道这对国际奥委会和东京奥组委来说有多么困难。我们允许所有各方为各自的利益作出积极有效、明智和周全的讨论。

关于新的举办日期,我们现在仍然不确定。但是我们希望羽毛球界能够允许并耐心等待世界羽联与国际奥委会、国际残奥委员会以及东京奥组委进行合作并达成共识 ,以便让大家更好地了解未来事情的进展。

对于我们的运动员,我们将审核延期对奥运会和残奥会积分资格的影响,以确保找到一个公平的解决方案,使运动员有资格参加延期举行的奥运会。世界羽联也在考虑在国际赛事重新开始之前冻结世界排名的可能性。然而,我们仍在致力于技术解决方案,以确保世界排名的冻结和最终解冻对所有球员都是公平的,我们将很快宣布这一方案。

现在,我们想到的是受这一全球疫情影响的每一个人。从一开始,所有运动员、他们的随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷们的健康和安全就是我们的首先考虑问题。与此同时,我们也在考虑如何保护羽毛球这项运动,确保它在这个时期能够有效平稳的运行。我们意识到这其中的一个重要部分是我们国际羽毛球运动员的生计,因为在目前的情况下,未来几个月将很少有比赛举办。

世界羽联将继续监测所有关于covid-19的消息,并在世界卫生组织的指导下,国际奥委会和世界羽联的卫生专家将为球员们和羽毛球界的利益做出最佳选择。同时,我们也全力支持国际奥委会、国际残奥委会和东京奥组委,为推动东京奥运会、残奥会成为历史上最伟大的奥运会而努力。

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2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办

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2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办

世界羽联确认,原定于4月28日至5月3日举行的2020年新西兰羽毛球公开赛将暂停举办。此项赛事属于汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛超级300系列赛事

随着全球范围内Covid-19疫情的影响,世界羽联和新西兰羽毛球协会在与相关赛事伙伴的密切协商之后一致决定,决定暂停赛事举办。

所有运动员及其随行人员、赛事相关人员和球迷们的健康和安全一直是我们优先考虑的。而各国旅行和检疫限制的加强以及随之而来的后勤问题也导致了许多航班的停飞。

新西兰羽毛球协会表示,这一决定遵照了新西兰政府的建议,以帮助缓解COVID-19疫情的传播。赛事组织者和新西兰羽毛球协会考虑了所有相关的健康、安全和后勤方面的风险,最终做出了这一决定。

COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

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COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

Following last week’s announcement that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was suspending all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday April 12, a further five tournaments have also been cancelled or postponed.

This includes the suspension of the three Continental Confederation championships scheduled for week 17 on the BWF Tournament Calendar – one of the last chances for athletes to gain qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before the April 26 deadline.

Suspended Tournaments

  • VICTOR Croatian International 2020 (16-19 April)
  • Peru International 2020 (16-19 April)
  • 2020 European Championships (21-26 April)
  • Badminton Asia Championships 2020 (21-26 April)
  • XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (23-26 April)

The escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak globally has led the BWF, in close consultation and consensus with its Continental Confederations and Host Member Associations, to confirm the suspension of these tournaments.

The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remains the top priority for all relevant parties.

Heightened travel and quarantine restrictions and the subsequent extreme logistical complications this has caused also contributed to the suspension.

Badminton Europe said they and Ukrainian Badminton Federation were forced to postpone their flagship tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine as a consequence of the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly across the continent.

Badminton Asia took similar measures to suspend its tournament in Manila, Philippines. The Badminton Asia Championships 2020 had already relocated once, switching from Wuhan, China to Manila due to the COVID-19 outbreak in that city.

Meanwhile, Badminton Pan Am also said it was no longer feasible to stage the XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 in Peru because of health and safety fears linked to COVID-19. The tournament was originally planned for Guatemala City.

All five tournaments were slated to be played within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying period, but will no longer contribute to Olympic qualifying as they will now fall outside the qualification window.

BWF will make a further announcement on any implications related to the Olympic qualification period at a later date.

The following international Para badminton tournaments have also been suspended.

Suspended Para Badminton Tournaments

  • African Para Badminton Championships 2020 (20-19 April)
  • Uganda Para Badminton International 2020 (27 April – 03 March)

The decision to suspend the two tournaments and all Para badminton development activities around these, was made in close consultation with all the parties involved, and taking into account the health, safety and wellbeing of participants during this extraordinary time.

Kidambi Srikanth – A Search for Form

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Kidambi Srikanth – A Search for Form

Kidambi Srikanth assures himself that things will turn around; that staying injury-free and working hard are key to recapturing the peak that he once occupied.

It’s a sentiment he often expresses; it’s a response he offers spontaneously to questions on form.

From a heady time of winning titles breezily, to struggling to stitch up a sequence of wins, the Indian has witnessed first-hand the vagaries of form.

But what, really, is form?

What is its relationship with fitness, with confidence, with technical adaptability, and with coaching? Kidambi is having to confront these questions at a fundamental level.

The reference year for the Indian is 2017, when he won four Superseries out of five finals and rose to world No.1 on the back of those successes. The following two seasons however saw a steep fall – in the 24 events he played in 2018 and so far in 2019, he exited at the quarterfinals stage or earlier in 21; ten of those being first or second-round losses.

At the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 his struggles were manifest against opponents like Nhat Nguyen and Misha Zilberman, before he fell in rather lacklustre fashion to Thai 20-year-old Kantaphon Wangchaoren.

“It’s not like I’m playing badly,” Kidambi offered, after the Zilberman match. “The opponents really are playing a level higher. For them (lower-ranked opponents), it’s a big event, there’s not much to lose, so they play their heart out.”

It was his way of rationalising what would have seemed below-par performances when he was at his peak. There are many underlying aspects to form – and Srikanth has had to field questions on several of them, particularly on his self-belief.

“I definitely cannot say it’s a confidence issue, but if I keep winning some matches continuously, I’ll definitely get that confidence back,” says Kidambi, contradicting himself somewhat. “It’s definitely a matter of time. It’s nothing other than that. The moment you start winning some matches, you automatically gain that confidence and you feel you’re on top of the world, and you end up playing so well that you never even imagine.”

For Kidambi, his slide from No.1 to No.10 is mainly about the injuries that cropped up from time to time, which he says prevented him from establishing winning momentum.

“In the last eight to ten months, I haven’t been able to train for a longer period, I was getting injured and then coming back and training for a week or two and then playing a tournament, and then I’m pushing too much at tournaments and injuring myself again. I want to go back and train for a longer period, and I think if I can do that from now, for the next 12 months, I will be in good shape for the Olympics.”

A recurring question has been the shift of the Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo from India to Singapore; his exit coincided with Srikanth’s dipping fortunes.

Kidambi responds by pointing to the performance of Singapore’s singles shuttlers, two of whom did capture attention at the Worlds – Yeo Jia Min, who upset Akane Yamaguchi, and Loh Kean Yew, who nearly did the same against Chou Tien Chen.

“I think Mulyo definitely made a lot of changes; it’s just not me, the others also performed really well in 2017 and you know, he definitely has something in him. If you see the Singapore players, they are doing well, like Loh Kean Yew, and Yeo Jia Min beating Yamaguchi, it’s not an easy thing. He’s definitely done that.

“I think he has that in him, he’s definitely made the change the moment he went to Singapore… We also have a Korean coach who’s doing really well. Personally, the issue is with me, it’s not with the coach for now. It’s more about playing continuously, training continuously.”

Is Kidambi’s dilemma on form therefore a classic chicken-and-egg situation – that he can’t build confidence without getting great results, and he can’t get great results if his confidence isn’t high?

He sounds certain on what he has to address.

“It’s about getting physically 100 per cent, about training really hard, that’s what matters for me now. I’m really not in a hurry to do it, I’m looking at the Olympics as a target, peaking at the Olympics, so it’s about gradually increasing the load.”

The nostalgia about 2017 is there, but he acknowledges he has to move on.

“People have moved on from there, people have improved from 2017, it’s been two years, and everyone might have moved a level higher. But for me, I might be playing at that same level. If I can train well and move a level higher, I will get there.”

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

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Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

The recently-concluded TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 was a roller-coaster ride for reputations. Several stars, expected to take their teams to glory, fizzled out during the week. There were also a few others who rose to the occasion when the situation demanded it. Here we look at the prominent names:

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

Continued to build on his reputation as a big-match player. The manner in which he handed a pasting to Kento Momota in the final was stunning to watch – a near-replica of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December. Won his three matches with ease – over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in Group 1D and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semi-finals.

Li Junhui (left) and Liu Yuchen – stable under pressure.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

Were unshakeable despite being in trouble in their opening match against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik. Recovered from match point down to beat the Malaysians, and then destroyed their three following challengers – Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese were expected to stretch Li/Liu in the final, but after first game trouble, the world champions crushed their rivals to hand the advantage in the final to China.

An Se Young played outstanding badminton to beat Tai Tzu Ying.

An Se Young

The 17-year-old came into the Sudirman Cup as a potential star, having won the New Zealand Open, and returned with reputation enhanced. With her sensational upset of No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, which helped Korea top Group 1C, and close loss to Ratchanok Intanon, An did enough to suggest she could be the face of the future of women’s singles badminton.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo didn’t disappoint for Indonesia.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

The ‘Minions’ went into the Sudirman Cup in unconvincing form, but admirably led Indonesia into the semifinals. Won their three matches in straight games, including the semifinal over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on which Indonesia were unable to capitalise.

Michelle Li powered Canada’s finish on top of Group 2.

Michelle Li

Despite struggling with injury, Canada’s singles spearhead guided her team to the top of Group 2. Prevailed in a contentious Group 2B match against Germany’s Yvonne Li that set Canada on to victory over difficult opponents, and in the Group 2 final against France, easily beat Yaelle Hoyaux to come away with three wins out of three.

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

The 18-year-old had a busy week for Ireland, playing two categories and winning all but one of his eight matches. Nguyen nearly led his team to Group 3 victory, but, having won his singles, surprisingly lost his men’s doubles (with Sam Magee) to Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Ireland had to be content with second place in Group 3 (overall 22nd), but Nguyen would have returned pleased with his contribution.

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

Nothing went Tai Tzu Ying’s way against An Se Young.

The world No.1 hasn’t had the best of seasons, but was expected to lead Chinese Taipei to a possible semifinal, their first in history. However, Tai was woefully off-colour, struggling against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and losing to An Se Young, before making it past an equally disappointing Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Despite her win, Chinese Taipei fell 2-3 to Indonesia.

Anthony Ginting was unable to turn on his ‘A’ game.

Anthony Ginting

Indonesia sported big names in singles, which was expected to buttress their doubles strength and give them a shot at the title. But it all went wrong in the singles, with Anthony Ginting losing two of his three matches, and neither Jonatan Christie or Gregoria Mariska Tunjung able to step up. Ginting was unable to inspire himself to his normal level in losses to Viktor Axelsen (Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2) and against Kento Momota in the semifinals.

Saina Nehwal (right) couldn’t offer any resistance to Chen Yufei.

Saina Nehwal

India were reckoned to have a strong team capable of going far in the tournament, but the Indians turned out to be underwhelming. Kidambi Srikanth didn’t take the court citing fitness concerns, and Sameer Verma took his place. Saina Nehwal, not fully fit, played one match – against China’s Chen Yufei – and she was routed in 33 minutes, which more or less summed up India’s campaign.

世界羽联传奇回顾:田卿/赵云蕾

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世界羽联传奇回顾:田卿/赵云蕾

田卿和赵云蕾两位女双强档,无论是和其他队友合作还是作为搭档,总是能够赢得胜利。她们在2010年开始统治了女双赛场很长一段时间,获得了几个主要的冠军头衔。作为中国队在团体赛上的能手,她们几乎总是能确保一分。

赵云蕾是一个非常全面的球员,尤其在网上特别机敏,而田卿从后场提供的火力帮助她们击败了当时的强敌。她们赢得了两届世界冠军,一枚奥运金牌。

职业生涯高光时刻

世锦赛-金牌(2014,2015)

奥运会-金牌(2012)

亚运会-金牌(2010)

其他主要荣誉

羽毛球亚锦赛-金牌(2012)

冠军:香港公开赛(2012,2014,2015);2014年澳大利亚公开赛;2014印尼公开赛;新加坡公开赛(2011,2013);2012韩国公开赛;2012全英公开赛;2011马来西亚公开赛;2009年中国公开赛

有趣的事实

赵云蕾和田卿都嫁给了自己的队友——赵云蕾和洪炜,田卿和张楠。

Online Sessions, Smartwatches: Thai Players Train in Lockdown

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Online Sessions, Smartwatches: Thai Players Train in Lockdown

With most countries under lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, online team meetings and training sessions are now par for the course in badminton.

Smartwatches have helped Mainaky track his players’ training intensity.

Thai players, like some of their peers elsewhere, are mostly training from home, working to a programme and monitored over video by physical trainers and coaches.

While such methods have helped plan and execute team training sessions, the challenge of ensuring intensity remains.

Thailand, with chief coach Rexy Mainaky at the helm, have found it useful to rely on another piece of technology – the smartwatch.

Thai players have been wearing smartwatches on and off-court for several months now; the data being used to track diverse fields, including heart rate and sleep patterns. In the weeks after the last tournament – the Yonex All England – smartwatches have proven particularly useful to ensuring intensity, at a time when the risk of slacking at home is high.

“Most of the players are asked to wear a Polar watch, so our support team can monitor them,” says Mainaky.

“We can compare current data with past data. The support team keeps sending me reports of the players’ progress, and how much they are pushing themselves.”

The team has been unable to return to regular training since arriving in Bangkok after the All England. To maintain their condition, the players have two sessions of physical training six days a week. With limited access to courts, implementing technical sessions is harder, and players are encouraged to play shadow sessions or hit against a wall.

“There are 10 of us in the coaching team and three physical trainers,” says Mainaky. “I’ve appointed one coach to monitor each discipline; every coach must handle around 10 players so they can monitor their training with quality.”

Most of the programme is physical. Sessions are twice a day, two hours each on six days, while there is one session on Tuesday and Friday for technical training.

“Players can do shadow training or hit against a wall, or something similar, which helps maintain focus and reaction time. They should hold a racket so they don’t lose the grip,” says Mainaky.

“It is difficult to maximise their on-court training. We can maximise their physical training, so I instructed the physical trainer to set the programme. If we leave it only to players, the intensity might not be 100 per cent. It’s different if the coaches monitor via video, and we can point out something. All coaches have been instructed to monitor their players.”

Mainaky recognises that in such extraordinary times, players have to be “clever” about exercising without equipment.

“I’m not sure how much equipment they have at home. Most have bicycles or small dumbbells. They should be clever. They should think of traditional ways, like using a stone or something heavy in a backpack. Bodyweight exercises should be enough for now.

“We also encourage players to watch videos. Coaches are constantly in touch and ask for feedback.”

Mainaky with the Thai team that finished runners-up at the Uber Cup in 2018.

Mainaky also believes that it might be important to provide psychological support as players are unused to being cooped up at home.

“I would like to call a meeting of all coaches and arrange a session with a psychologist. Some players might be bored, so we need to work on how they can kill boredom and stay motivated.”

Mainaky is all for the players having hobbies to keep their minds occupied.

“It’s good if they want to do their own thing. It’s not so good If they are sitting down all the time. There are not so many positives in this situation. What we are doing is only an emergency measure.”

Genius in Action: Zhao Yunlei & Tian Qing

Announcement

Genius in Action: Zhao Yunlei & Tian Qing

Both Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing had success with other partners, but as a pair they enjoyed long periods of supremacy during the first half of the 2010s, helping themselves to several major titles. As China’s go-to pair in team events, they nearly always ensured a point in high-pressure contests.

Zhao was a tremendous all-round player, but she was particularly astute at the net, while Tian provided the firepower from the back that saw them hold off the best opponents of their time. That they won two World Championships and the Olympics dropping just one game in those three campaigns is an indication of how far ahead of the competition they were.

Career Highlights

World Championships – Gold (2014, 2015)

Olympic Games – Gold (2012)

Asian Games – Gold (2010)

Other Major Honours

Badminton Asia Championships – Gold (2012)

Winner: Hong Kong Open (2012, 2014, 2015); Australian Open 2014; Indonesia Open 2014; Singapore Open (2011, 2013); Korea Open 2012; All England 2012; Malaysia Open 2011; China Open 2009

Interesting Fact

Both Zhao and Tian married their teammates – Zhao married Hong Wei and Tian Qing married Zhang Nan.

Vote now to decide which of these two Zhao Yunlei/Tian Qing matches you would like to watch in full.

 

Teitiria and Tinabora – Kiribati’s Perfect Badminton Role Models

Announcement

Teitiria and Tinabora – Kiribati’s Perfect Badminton Role Models

Badminton continues to be a strong supporter of Peace and Sport’s annual observance of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – April 6.

The core message of the this year’s #WhiteCard campaign is: “Behind each #WhiteCard, there is a story”.

One amazing success story is from the tiny Pacific Ocean island of Kiribati, where more women are now inspired to pick up a racket and play badminton.

Credit for the sport’s rise in popularity goes to Teitiria Utimawa and Tinabora Takeiaki, whose inspiring success has turned them into the perfect role models in their home nation.

Having based themselves in Melbourne over the last year with coach Dean Lewis, the girls have stormed into the Oceania badminton scene.

With barely any international experience, they competed at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games last July, where their unbeaten run was checked by Fiji’s Karyn and Andra Whiteside over three close games.

It was still an incredible feat – their opponents were seasoned shuttlers who had featured at two Commonwealth Games (2006 and 2018) and the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017.

All smiles after winning the women’s doubles in Ballarat.

They then competed at the Perth International and South Australia International, with Utimawa celebrating a win in women’s singles and doubles at their first BWF Future Series event.

The pair also made the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020 quarterfinals and a month later, returned to the same courts to win the Ballarat A Grade tournament women’s doubles title.

Prior to its postponement, Utimawa had been a potential contender for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, through the Tripartite Commission, which allows for participation by athletes from National Olympic Committees who have little or no representation at the Summer Games.

News of their success have lifted Kiribati, where the Shuttle Time Schools Programme is thriving.

Last year, Kiribati Badminton Federation trained 10 new Shuttle Time teachers and delivered to over 600 participants – of which 40 per cent were women experiencing the sport for the first time.

Naturally, Utimawa and Takeiaki are elated by the impact they have created.

“The interest this has generated in Kiribati is outstanding. We know there are more women involved than ever before, from little kids to elderly women,” they told Badminton Oceania.

“Hopefully we have inspired these women to participate. We hope we can be role models for the kids too as they continue their journey in sports.

“We’re eager to go back and help deliver Shuttle Time activities and also upskill the teachers, coaching kids and correcting skills early so they don’t repeat the mistakes we made.”

Utimawa and Takeiaki’s commitment towards badminton is undoubtedly commendable. And with their soaring popularity, Kiribati is set to benefit.

 

** Article first published on Badminton Oceania website by Tom Leonard.

COVID-19 Updates

Announcement

COVID-19 Updates

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to deal with ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the different impacts this has on various groups within the badminton community.

BWF is continuing to monitor all official updates on COVID-19 with the health, safety and wellbeing of players, their entourage, fans, officials and all other concerned parties as the top priority.

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COVID-19 Update – 07 April 2020

Q. What Tournaments have been postponed or Cancelled?

A: Question 10 below gives an update on all the tournaments that have been cancelled, and the announcement on 30 March below gives an update to all those listed in Question 10.

On 7 March, BWF announced that the YONEX Canada Open had been suspended (see the announcement linked here).

On 6 March, BWF made a further announcement that four Grade 2 and 11 Grade 3 tournaments in May, June and July have been suspended, (see the announcement linked here)

COVID-19 Update – 03 April 2020

Q. Where can players get information on COVID-19?

  • A. Below there is a badminton specific information for players, coaches and team managers – postponed / cancelled tournaments, calendar, rankings, travel and cancellation of tickets – as well as some general information.
  • For general COVID-19 health information, look at what your local / national health authorities are saying to protect yourself and stay safe. The World Health Organisation also has a lot of information.
  • The IOC’s Athlete 365 Coronavirus information is a place athletes should visit to get some good athlete specific advice.

 

COVID-19 Update – 31 March 2020

Q: How will postponements and cancellations affect the World Rankings?

A: There has been an unprecedented number of international tournaments that have been suspended from mid-March 2020 to the end of April 2020.

On 31 March 2020, BWF announced that the World Rankings and the World Junior Rankings would be frozen from Week 12, as at the lists published 17 March 2020. See the announcement for more details on this (linked here).

COVID-19 Update – 30 March 2020

Q: What tournaments have been cancelled or postponed?

  • A: Question 10 below gives an update on all the tournaments – see also below for updates:
  • New dates have been announced for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – the Olympic Games will now be held from 23 July to 8 August and the Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August to 5 September 2021 – (link here for announcement).
  • BWF confirmed on  25 March 2020 that the  Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has been postponed (link here for announcement)
  • BWF confirmed on 24 March 2020 that the  Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed (link here for the announcement)
  • The BWF announced on 20 March that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals has been postponed till August 2020 (link here for the announcement).
  • The BWF announced on 20 March that three Continental Championships (CC) have been suspended due to the unprecedented Covid-19 situation globally – 2020 European Championships, Badminton Asia Championships 2020, XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (link here for the announcement).
  • On 13 March 2020, BWF announced that it had taken the necessary step to suspend all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday 12 April 2020.
  • A number of the tournaments impacted as a result of the suspension fall within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying period. BWF will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points at a later date.
  • The full statement Can be read on the Announcements Page of the Corporate website.
  • Refer to the calendar page in the corporate website to see the status of the tournaments.

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COVID-19 Update – 8 March 2020

Q: Will players and officials have to shake hands before / following a match?

  • A: BWF has not made changes to the normal tournament conventions and etiquette related to shaking hands, coin toss and medal ceremony protocols.
  • Players and officials normally shake hands, give a fist pump or clap of hands, which is all acceptable ways of showing respect and fair play to opponents and making general greetings.
  • In cases where players do not personally feel comfortable with shaking hands with their opponent(s) or the umpire / service judge, BWF allows these players to make a different and appropriate greeting to show respect to their opponent(s) / the umpire / service judge, and this includes giving a fist pump or clap of hands or hands clasped together like many do in prayer as an alternative ways of showing respect.
  • BWF has been advised from health authorities that there should be no need to forbid shaking hands or similar as long as participants are following the safe hygiene protocols generally advised – such as washing hands thoroughly and often, using alcohol based hand sanitizer and avoiding touching your face with hands.

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COVID-19 Update – 29 February 2020

1. Where can I find valid information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related to international badminton tournaments?

  • On the BWF Corporate Website under the ‘Announcements’ section: https://corporate.bwfbadminton.com/. This will be updated with new information as required and will stay at the top of the section.

 

2. Where can general information be found regarding COVID-19 on how players, officials or Member Associations should deal with the situation?

  • Everyone should seek advice from their own health authorities and be sure to receive updates through official sources and the BWF.
  • BWF is following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • BWF has issued statements and updates on the situation related to COVID-19 and the impact it has on the badminton community. These statements also include general advice on how to act in relation to COVID-19 when travelling to tournaments and gives guidelines on general preventative measures.

 

3. What advice has BWF given to hosts of tournaments? 

  • BWF, Continental Confederations and hosts of all BWF-sanctioned tournaments are in close contact regarding the COVID-19 situation.
  • The objective is that tournaments are staged as scheduled unless public health authorities in that country provide a directive to not stage the tournament.
  • BWF has provided hosts with guidelines to help them prepare and to ensure that contingency and safety plans are in place in the event that something happens.
  • All hosts are diligently working to secure the health and safety of all participants at these tournaments.
  • BWF is also working with Continental Confederations and hosts to ensure that information is provided to participants on local conditions specific to the country where the tournament is hosted.

 

4. Will players entered in tournaments be automatically withdrawn if a tournament is postponed or cancelled?

  • Yes. All players will automatically be withdrawn from the tournament by the BWF. No further action is required.

 

5. Will withdrawal fees apply if a tournament is postponed or cancelled close to the tournament date?

  • No withdrawal fees apply. This is irrespective of the time the tournament is postponed or cancelled.

 

6. Will players have to enter again into a postponed tournament if they were previously entered for the originally scheduled tournament?

  • Yes. They will have to enter again once the postponed tournament opens up for entry. A revised prospectus with tournament information and new entry timelines will be sent to all Member Associations in due course once a new tournament date has been agreed with the hosts.

 

7. If BWF World Tour tournaments – Super 1000, Super 750 and Super 500 – are cancelled, how will this affect Player Commitment regulations?

  • If Super 1000 or Super 750 level tournaments are cancelled, no fines apply to players for not being able to play in the tournament.
  • If a Super 500 level is cancelled, BWF will on a case by case basis consider if commitment regulations will be adjusted for particular players affected by the cancellation.
  • Tournament cancellations at other levels are not related to the mandatory participation commitments so this will not lead to any changes to these rules.

 

8. How will the postponement and cancellation of tournaments affect the Olympic Qualification period. Are there any changes being planned?

  • BWF is not, at this point in time, planning to make any adjustments to the regulations related to the Olympic Qualification period.
  • It is unfortunate that some tournaments have been postponed or cancelled and BWF appreciates that these tournaments have been part of players’ plans to seek qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and other tournaments where qualification is required (such as the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals).
  • Any change to the existing Olympic qualification rules will affect different players both positively or negatively, and with the present level of postponement and cancellation, BWF does not believe that making changes is appropriate.
  • The postponement or cancellation of tournaments is not within the control of hosts, BWF or the badminton community, but is caused by ongoing developments as a result of COVID-19 in different areas of the world and decisions will be taken based on information provided by public health authorities.

 

9. Can players enter into other tournaments where the entry deadline has passed?

  • No. All entry deadlines apply as usual and entry deadlines will not be extended for any tournaments due to postponement or cancellation of other tournaments.

 

10. What is the status of BWF tournaments on the calendar? Will more tournaments be postponed or cancelled?

  • On 13 March 2020, BWF announced the suspension of all HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from Monday 16 March until Sunday 12 April 2020. 

> Please refer to the link to see the tournaments that are affected.

  • Other tournaments that have been postponed or cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak:

> BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2020 (Suspended)

> YONEX Osaka International Challenge 2020 (Suspended)

> 55 Portuguese International Championships 2020 (International Series) – 05 -08 March

> YONEX German Open 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300) – 03 -08 March

> Lingshui China Masters 2020 (BWF Tour Super 100) – 25 -01 February 2020

  • Junior international tournaments that have been suspended/ postponed / cancelled :

> 2nd Brazil International Junior 2020 – 25 – 29 March – Campinas, Brazil – Suspended

> Croatia Valamar Junior Open 2020 – 03 – 05 April – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Postponed

> Cyprus Junior International – 10 – 12 April – Engomi, Cyprus – Postponed

> FZ FORZA Alpes International U19 2020 – 17 – 19 April – Voiron, France – Cancelled

> Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior GP 2020 – 14 – 19 April – Postponed

> YONEX SINGHA BANGCHAK BTY Junior International Series 2020 – 21 – 26 April – Postponed

> You can also refer to the calendar page in the corporate website to see the status of the tournaments.

  • One tournament, the Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2020 (International Challenge), has been taken out of the Olympic Qualification process due to security risks and general travel advice from a significant number of governments around the world against travelling to Iran.
  • All other tournaments on the BWF calendar within the Olympic qualification period are scheduled to run. BWF and the hosts are closely monitoring the situation in countries where scheduled tournaments are hosted and will inform the badminton community immediately if the status of these tournaments change. No absolute reassurances can be given on any potential negative impacts to scheduled tournaments as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

11. What is the latest date a tournament can be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19?

  • There is no “latest date” in place for a tournament to be postponed or cancelled. All hosts intend to run their tournaments as scheduled.
  • If COVID-19 develops in a way where national public health authorities provide directives against the tournament being hosted, the host and BWF will have to take necessary decisions and actions at that point in time. No absolute reassurances can be given on any potential negative impacts to scheduled tournaments as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

12. What about players who have already travelled to tournaments? Are there places for them to practise at the venue of postponed or cancelled tournaments, or other locations?

  • Players and teams already travelling to tournaments may be affected by the postponement or cancellation of a tournament, and may need a place to practise for a period of time until going to the next tournament.
  • BWF advises that all players and teams make contact with the tournament host of the postponed or cancelled tournament, or the next upcoming tournament host, to request practice courts. BWF will be in touch with all hosts and encourage them to assist players and teams in the best possible way.

 

13. Can players and Member Associations receive refunds on flight tickets and hotel accommodation if a tournament is postponed or cancelled?

  • The postponement or cancellation is not within the control of tournament hosts, but is caused by the COVID-19 outbreak (therefore a Force Majeure).
  • Tournament hosts cannot be held liable for costs of flight tickets and hotel accommodation booked by participating players, Member Associations and other participants.
  • BWF advises that participants try to get refunds on flights tickets from the relevant travel agency or airline (this is often dependent on how the original flight ticket booking has been made). During this challenging and slightly uncertain period of time, it should be considered that flight bookings be made where it is possible to cancel the ticket and have the payment refunded.
  • Regarding hotel accommodation booked through the tournament host, the booking conditions informed by the host will apply. All tournament hosts are expected to try their best to mitigate against the unfortunate circumstances caused by a postponement or cancellation and hosts should seek to discuss solutions with official tournament hotels. This will have to be handled on a case by case basis, and, if it cannot be secured that prepaid amounts are refunded, participants may be liable to pay full amounts in line with the booking terms informed in the prospectus.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Update

Announcement

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Update

As you will be aware from the media and from the BWF announcement of 30 March 2020, the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are 24 August until 5 September 2021.


Key Updates – Qualification Timelines and Process

BWF is currently reviewing the situation, the qualification regulations and awaiting further information from the IPC.

We are aware that the IPC has made a statement that the “revised qualification criteria and timelines for all sports will be published in due course”.

So the original dates for invitations have been suspended until there is clarity from the IPC on next steps.

Thank you for your patience on this. Stay Safe. Stay well.


FAQs – Frequently asked Questions and Answers

Please see list of FAQs on tournament participation and the Coronavirus / COVID-19 on the announcements page of the BWF website (linked here).

 

YONEX Canada Open 2020 Suspended

Announcement

YONEX Canada Open 2020 Suspended

Further to our Notice on Tournament Suspensions of Monday 06 April, the BWF gives notice that it has taken the necessary steps, in close consultation and agreement with Badminton Canada, to suspend the YONEX Canada Open 2020 due to be hosted in Calgary 30 June – 05 July 2020.

The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remains the top priority for all relevant parties.


FAQs – Frequently asked Questions and Answers

Please see list of FAQs and Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates on the announcements page of the BWF website (linked here).

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛声明

Announcement

2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛声明

世界羽联和丹麦羽毛球协会昨天得知,丹麦政府宣布将把“大型集会”禁令延长到8月底。

与此同时,丹麦政府表示,最早将于下周开始在丹麦逐步放宽对COVID-19的限制。

世界羽联和丹麦羽毛球协会目前正在和丹麦政府就“大型集会”的范围以及定义展开讨论,以及此禁令对原定于在8月15日至23日举办的2020道达尔世界羽联汤尤杯决赛的影响。

我们需要考虑很多情况,但是我们优先考虑的一直都是所有球员、随行人员、赛事相关人员以及球迷们的健康和安全。

世界羽联和丹麦羽毛球协会,以及赛事组织者,丹麦体育部门还有奥胡斯政府,将继续努力寻找解决方案,并将在获得更多信息后宣布进展。

此外,2020年世界羽联大会和世界羽联成员论坛这两个世界羽联日历上的重要事件也可能受到影响。

与此同时,我们的心始终与受这一流行病影响的每一个人同在,我们鼓励人们呆在家里,保持安全。