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New-Look, Unified BWF Sets Sights on Future

Unity and development were the key themes that emerged from the Council meeting of world governing body Badminton World Federation (BWF), which was held on the final day of the Beijing Olympics badminton competition.
There was a vote of support for BWF President Kang Young-joong and some of the fresh faces in the Council Committees.

The BWF also confirmed the membership of the BWF Athletes Commission, as well as the re-establishment of the international relations portfolio – the IOC/UN Committee (International Olympic Committee/United Nations.)

The chairpersons and their deputies for the various committees are as follows, according to the official BWF website.

Events Committee - Paisan Rangsikitpho, Junichiro Yamada

Development Committee - Rudy Hartono, Raj Gaya

IOC/UN Committee - Torsten Berg, Li Lingwei

Marketing Committee - V.K. Verma, Gustavo Salazar

Administration Committee - Peter Gacheru, Torsten Berg

Finance Committee - Horst Kullnigg, Wayne Somers

In addition, Australia's Tania Luiz and Iran's Kaveh Mehrabi were voted on to the BWF Athletes Commission. They emerged victorious from a panel of seven nominations.

The voting was by badminton players taking part in the Olympic Games over six days. Luiz and Mehrabi join three players nominated by BWF. They are Bobby Millroy (Canada), Xu Huaiwen (Germany) and Pedro Yang (Guatemala).

The Athletes Commission must now meet within the next few months and elect a chair, who will be the players' representative on the BWF Council with full voting rights. This chair will be able to sit at the next meeting on December 6, 2008.

In the aftermath of a successful Olympic badminton tournament, Kang paid tribute to the management team, Beijing organizers and the BWF technical team for putting together a top-class event at the Beijing University of Technology gymnasium.

"The Beijing University of Technology is the best badminton venue we have seen at an Olympic Games and it provided the players with perfect playing conditions," said Kang.

"This together with the effective management of the competition made for a problem-free competition that left us to focus on the world's top players on court battling it out for gold.

"The BWF is very pleased with the quality of competition and the spirit in which the competition took place."

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