Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission
On Saturday 25 November 2017 in Ulsan Korea, the Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission started its four year term to 2021 following an election process in October / November.
The members of the Commission are:
- Richard Perot (France) – Chair – [email protected]
- Raúl Eduardo Anguiano Araujo (Guatemala) – Deputy Chair – [email protected]
- Anand Kumar (India) – [email protected]
- Bello Rafiu Oyebanji (Nigeria) – [email protected]
- Daniel Chan (Hong Kong) – [email protected]
The role of the Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission is to:
- liaise with players, organise players meetings at tournaments and canvas their views and opinions on rules and regulations, development and direction of para-badminton.
- represent the views of para-badminton athletes at Para-Badminton Commission meetings through its representatives;
- report back to the players on outcomes of meetings and representations made at the Para-Badminton Commission meetings.
The Chair and Deputy Chair of the BWF Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission sit on the BWF Para-Badminton Commission (linked here). The BWF Para-Badminton Commission provides expert advice to the BWF on the training, development and competition needs of those participating and competing in para-badminton.
The BWF Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission is distinct from the BWF Athletes’ Commission (linked here).
Richard Perot (FRA) – Chair
Chair of the Commission 2013 – 2017, Richard was re-elected Chair of the Commission for a new term till 2021. Richard has a long involvement in para badminton as an administrator. He is President and founder of FRAP (France Para badminton) and he has been working in France with the French Badminton Federation to establish and develop a national team and structure for our sport. He is also a member of the Badminton Europe Para Commission (2014-2017) and he has contributed to developing an interest in Europe around Para badminton, helping to create coach education seminars and an elite players boot-camp.
As chair of the BWF Para-Badminton Commission for the past 4 years, Richard has put in place the athletes Facebook, organized player’s meetings, represented athletes at the IPC and at BWF Para Commission meetings and at a wide range of events. As the Commission looks to Tokyo 2020, Richard will lead the Commission and represent Para athletes, together with the Deputy Chair, at the Para-Badminton Commission meetings.
Raúl Eduardo Anguiano Araujo (GUA) – Deputy Chair
At age 42, Raúl Anguiano has represented Guatemala in both badminton and Para badminton since the age 10. He has been a pioneer athlete in the Pan Am region for Para badminton. He started to compete in 2005. He has a passion for Para badminton and everything to do with it. He has also coached Para badminton athletes in Guatemala since 2010.
Raúl was part of the organising committee for the BWF Para badminton World Championships 2011 in Guatemala.
His achievements as a player have been varied however he says that there is nothing more wonderful than to help others get to know para-badminton in Guatemala, the Pan-Am region and worldwide.
As a commission member Raúl would like to assist in the development and improvement of Para badminton in general.
Bore Gowda Anand Kumar (IND)
At aged 39 years of age, Anand Kumar is one of the most senior and experienced Para badminton players in India. Anand has been representing India for the last 17 years and has witnessed all the phases of growth of Para badminton in India and internationally. He is friendly, helpful and has good communication skills which makes him popular among Indian and foreign Para badminton players alike.
He was the gold medalist at the BWF Para badminton World Championship 2015 in SL3-SL4 men’s doubles category and currently is ranked world no.7.
Even at his age, he is still proving his worth as a player and strongly representing India in International Para badminton events. During coaching camps he is actively contributing his best for the development of Indian Para badminton in India.
Daniel Chan Ho Yuen (HKG)
Daniel Chan is from Hong Kong and has been an active Para badminton player for nearly 10 years. Ranked world number 2 in WH 2, Daniel has a goal to qualify in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Daniel hopes that Para badminton develops globally and he hopes that all regions can develop para-badminton programmes.
As a member of the Athlete’s Commission, Daniel looks forward to representing the player’s ideas and doing his best for all players. He wants to help spread the development of the sport and improve the quality of the experience for players at tournaments. After his playing career, Daniel hopes to be a coach.
Bello Rafiu Oyebanji (NGR)
Although Bello has been a national para-badminton player since 2000, he only competed in his first BWF sanctioned international para-badminton tournament earlier this year in Uganda.
Bello is ranked 31 in Sport Class SL 4 and is one of the highest ranked player in Africa.
He wishes to contribute to the development of Para badminton around the world and to Africa in particular.