Badminton World Federation set to elect new Council

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) membership is set to elect a new Council tomorrow to guide the world governing body through the next Olympic cycle until Tokyo 2020.

The vote, which happens every quadrennial, will take place at the BWF Annual General Meeting in Australian city Gold Coast, where 32 individuals from across all five continental confederations are vying for 18 places on the 27-member Council.

Originally 35 candidates, listed here, were standing for election but two unspecified withdrawals and the recent death of BWF Council Member and Badminton Association of India (BAI) President, Akhilesh Das Gupta, have reduced the number.

The other seats on Council are taken by BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer, BWF Deputy President Gustavo Salazar Delgado, BWF vice-president for Para-Badminton, Paul Kurzo – all of whom have been nominated unopposed – plus five continental vice-presidents, and the chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

A new face will also be representing players on the BWF Council as outgoing chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, Belgium’s Yuhan Tan, is set to step down next week, when three positions on the six-member panel will be up for grabs.

The other two members who have finished their four-year terms are Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg-Vittinghus and Indonesia’s Greysia Polii.

Voting is due to take place at the 2017 BWF Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast on Wednesday (May 24) with three women and six men vying for the vacant seats.

India’s Rio 2016 silver medallist P.V Sindhu is joined on the shortlist by former world number one men’s doubles player Koo Kien Keat of Malaysia.

World number 15 Marc Swiebler of Germany, who won European gold at the 2012 Championships in Karlskrona in Sweden, is also in the running alongside Akville Stapusaityte of Lithuania, Uganda’s Edwin Ekiring and Luis Ramon Garrido Esquivel of Mexico.

Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea, Nikhar Garg of India and Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour complete the list of candidates.

Proceedings at the BWF’s annual weekend of deliberations and festivities started today with the seventh edition of the BWF Members Forum.

The Forum provided a review of badminton’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games competition as well as an update on the BWF Integrity Campaign.

Belgium’s Yuhan Tan is stepping down as chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission ©Getty Images

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund told delegates from 145 of its 188 member associations that despite various challenges in showcasing badminton in Brazil, a country in which it was hardly known and in a significantly different time zone to Asia, the sport was “safely above average” in key Rio 2016 performance indicators.

“We took strategic choices which were the right choices for the world of badminton,” he said in reference to the decision to stage many finals during the…

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