Retirement & Deregistration

BWF registered players are allowed to deregister or retire from international competition.

Players are required to complete the attached “BWF Player Deregistration / Retirement Form” and submit, via their respective Member Association, to the BWF office for further action.

The following are explanations of these two statutes, and related BWF Anti-Doping Regulations.

For more information please refer to the complete BWF Statutes at the BWF Corporate website.


DEREGISTRATION (GCR, Regulation 5.7)

  1. Definition: Deregistration means the player no longer wants to be a “Registered Player for Entry”.
  2. Participation: Deregistered players can participate in national competitions, but not in BWF sanctioned tournaments.
  3. Integrity: Deregistered players remain under BWF rules and can be tested for doping.
  4. Fines: Top committed players who deregister may be liable for fines if they are registered again within 12 months.
  5. Return to international competition: Deregistered players must give a three-month notice before being registered again.

RETIREMENT (GCR, Regulation 5.8)

  1. Definition: Retirement means that the player will completely stop playing in badminton competitions organised under the framework of the BWF.
  2. Participation: Retired players cannot participate in any structured competitive badminton activity, except those that are purely recreational.
  3. Integrity: Retired players will no longer be tested for doping, but remain subject to BWF rules for potential breaches that occurred before they retired.
  4. Fines: Top committed players who retire may be liable for fines if they return to competition within 12 months.
  5. Return to competition: Players who retire must give a six-month notice to the BWF before coming back to competition.

Once a player has retired and notified the BWF through their Member Association, there are certain requirements for returning to competition, and these relate to the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations – Clauses 5.7 – (5.7.1, 5.7.2, 5.7.3) and 7.12.

BWF Anti-Doping Regulations

Please take note that, once a player has retired and wishes to return = competitive badminton again and compete in BWF sanctioned events, they are required to fulfill the following.

5.7 Retired Players Returning to Competition

5.7.1 A Player in BWF’s Registered Testing Pool who has given notice of retirement to BWF may not resume competing in International Events or National Events until he/she has given BWF written notice of/her intent to resume competing and has made him/herself available for Testing for a period of six months before returning to Competition, including (if requested) complying with the whereabouts requirements of Annex I to the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

5.7.2 If a Player retires from sport while subject to a period of Ineligibility, the Player shall not resume competing in International Events or National Events until the Player has given six months prior written notice (or notice equivalent to the period of Ineligibility remaining as of the date the Player retired, if that period was longer than six months) to BWF and to his/her National Anti-Doping Organization of his/her intent to resume competing and has made him/herself available for Testing for that notice period, including (if requested) complying with the whereabouts requirements of Annex I to the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

5.7.3 A Player who is not in BWF’s Registered Testing Pool who has given notice of retirement to BWF may not resume competing unless he/she notifies BWF and his/her National Anti-Doping Organization at least six months before he/she wishes to return to Competition and makes him/herself available for unannounced Out-of-Competition Testing, including (if requested) complying with the whereabouts requirements of Annex I to the International Standard for Testing and Investigations, during the period before actual return to Competition.

NOTE – WADA, in consultation with BWF and the Player’s National Anti-Doping Organization, may grant an exemption to the six month written notice rule where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to a Player. This decision may be appealed under Article 13. Any competitive results obtained in violation of this Article 5.7.1 shall be Disqualified.

Please also see the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations clause 7.12.