Aim of the Commission
The Athletes’ Commission aims is to represent the needs and views of athletes to the BWF Council and Committees. The Chair of the Athletes’ Commission is a voting member of the Council and has the responsibility to advise Committees and Council on matters relevant to athletes.
The objectives of the BWF Athletes’ Commission are:
- To act as the official link between the players and the BWF;
- To proactively consider issues relating to players and give advice to the BWF on player related matters;
- To represent the rights and interests of the players to the BWF Council to ensure the athlete opinion is heard at the highest level of governance of Badminton;
- To maintain contact and good relations with the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
The terms of reference detail the scope of work for the Athletes’ Commission.
Membership of the Commission
Marc Zwiebler (GER) – Chair [email protected]
Elected to the Commission in May 2017, Marc has been involved in international tournaments as a player for more than 15 years and this experience has equipped him well to be able to contribute to player welfare and having a voice for players.
Individual entries, prize money, and general welfare of players during competitions are just some of the areas Marc would like to make contributions to as well as time scheduling, playing/hall conditions and players’ lounge are some others he would like to focus on as a member of the Commission.
Marc believes that players must ensure they are united in voicing their concerns during their travels in order that improvements can be worked on and achieved.
Ville Lång (FIN) – Vice Chair [email protected]
Ville was elected in May 2019 to the Athlete Commission for a two year term. He was a professional player for more than 10 years and he started to play badminton when he was only 10-years-old. Highlights of his career were two Olympic Games in Beijing and London, world ranking of 21, European teams’ bronze medal and 16 international titles. Ville received a Meritorious Service Award from BWF in 2017, when he finished his professional career.
After this he has attended the BWF level 1 and 2 coaching courses as well as Shuttle time course and started his coaching career first in Paris where he coached the league team Aulnay Sous Bois after which he has been the head coach of one local club in Sweden. Simultaneously Ville has been studying and will be graduating as an MBA of Sports Management this summer.
Ville hopes that he would be able to develop the circumstances for professional players within badminton circuit such that they would have the best facilities and support functions available for them.
Pusarla V. Sindhu (IND) – Commission Member [email protected]
Sindhu is the first Indian Badminton player to win a Silver Medal at RIO Olympics. Some of her career best achievements in Women’s Singles are as above and she is ranked 2nd in BWF Rankings.
Sindhu was the recipient of the Best Female Promising Player of 2016 award of BWF. Sindhu is the youngest Indian to receive fourth highest Indian civilian honour “Padma Shri” in 2015. Sindhu received highest sporting honour “Rajiv Khel Ratna” Award of India in 2016. Sindhu is Brand Ambassador for Government of India for various public utility projects.
Along with other Commission members, Sindhu aims to act as a link between players and BWF by communicating the interests and feelings of the players. She would like to strive for her best to build good and healthy relations between the players, BWF and IOC. She will put in efforts to keep the Game free from doping and dishonesty (match fixing). She will work for bringing Badminton in top bracket of IOC sports.
Peter Briggs (ENG) – Commission Member [email protected]
Elected to the Athlete Commission for a two year term starting from 22 May 2019, Peter is a Badminton player that has competed at all levels, through from International Series events to the World Championships.
He has almost 10 years’ experience on the world tour including several titles. Having gone through many different rules and regulations (points/ serving / clothing ) he is well versed in how the BWF function.
His plan is to help players convey their opinions of the current set up and to propose where necessary changes that will benefit both the players and the BWF.
Kirsty Gilmore (SCO) – Commission Member [email protected]ail.co.uk
I have been a professional badminton player for the last 5 years now. I compete regularly in tournaments ranging from International Challenge Level through to BWF World Superseries Premier.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Industries Practice (Filmmaking and Screen Writing) from the University of the West of Scotland I feel she is confident in communicating and working within a team for the benefit of the badminton fraternity.
Travelling to tournaments often by myself, I have made invaluable connections with players worldwide, and I believe these relationships will make me a trustworthy and reliable link for players who wish to express their feelings to the BWF.
Badminton is an ever-changing and ever-growing sport and I hope to be a part of this continuing legacy in the coming years. I believe the best way to do this is by giving the athletes a voice and a platform to be heard as we are the ones who are living it every day.
Saina Nehwal (IND) – IOC Athletes’ Commission
In October 2016 Saina Nehwal was appointed to the IOC Athletes’ Commission – a great honour for Saina and badminton.
Saina is a talented ambassador for badminton and a great talent in the sport. Saina won the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and she also won the bronze medal in women’s singles at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Saina is undoubtedly a leading sports personality in India. In 2009, Saina was honoured with India’s highest award for sporting excellence – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. In the same year she was also awarded the Arjuna Award. In 2010 she received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India. And in 2016, the Government of India awarded Saina with the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honour.
Saina was named a BWF Integrity Ambassador in December 2016 and together with other ambassadors, promotes “clean and honest” badminton.