The BWF recently staged its 81st BWF Annual General Meeting from Copenhagen. During its virtual meeting, it approved the proposal to ensure geographical and gender representation on the BWF Council by establishing a framework that guarantees global board representation and minimum representation of each gender.

Specifically, the members approved changes to the constitution ensuring “at least 30 percent of each gender on Council and among the representatives from each continental region.”  It also placed a 4 years limit on the President’s position besides approving the gender representation in the meeting.

This decision falls in line with the directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs)to maintain gender equality in decision making positions by 2020. Moreover, the BWF Membership also passed proposals to include the Chair of the Para-Badminton Athletes’ Commission on Council.

BWF President, Poul-Erik Høyer, congratulated the membership for passing the landmark vote to approve the constitutional change to ensure gender equality on the BWF Council. He also acknowledged them for taking another important step to improve our governance practice by bringing in a vetting process for officials of the BWF.

Hoyer also informed that BWF is ranked third among 31 Summer IFs in the Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)’s review of International Federation (IF) governance. “This is fantastic news for badminton that we are doing very well in this area. It’s a great sign for the future of badminton and I congratulate everyone on these outstanding results.”

A number of other proposals were also passed including to approve amendments to the BWF Constitution so that it comes in line with the 2020 Judicial Procedures which seeks to reorganize and improve the judicial structure.

The International Badminton Calendar is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the BWF disclosed a revised calendar but with the situations not under control, many events are canceled from the revised calendar as well. 

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