Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

BWF and Special Olympics Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Special Olympics International (SOI) have made a groundbreaking commitment to enhance the growth, quality, and accessibility of badminton worldwide. This landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to ensure that all Special Olympics badminton players reap the benefits of sport, including positive mental, physical, and social health outcomes.

Expanding Possibilities for All

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and Special Olympics Senior Vice President of Sport and Health, Drew Boshell, jointly signed the agreement, reflecting their dedication to providing exceptional sporting experiences and opportunities for all. The cooperation of BWF and Special Olympics International is driven by the understanding that badminton is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone.

“In line with our motto that badminton is a sport for all, we are committed to providing avenues of participation for everyone,” stated President Høyer. He expressed his delight at the collaboration, emphasizing the amazing platform that the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi provided for individuals to showcase their abilities. The partnership, President Høyer believes, will foster the creation of more platforms for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience badminton consistently.

Chairman of Special Olympics, Dr. Timothy Shriver, echoed President Høyer’s sentiments, highlighting the shared values of both organizations that make long-term collaboration possible. He expressed excitement about strengthening the relationship between Special Olympics and the Badminton World Federation, noting that this would create additional opportunities for athletes to learn about, and experience, the joy of badminton.

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A Framework for Growth

The partnership between BWF and Special Olympics International encompasses several essential agreements:

  • SOI officially recognizes BWF as an international partner
  • BWF provides high-quality training opportunities to Special Olympics personnel as needed
  • SOI endorses BWF’s Shuttle Time program and Coach Education programs as exemplary models in supporting the growth and development of inclusive badminton
  • BWF ensures a safe, fun, and positive badminton experience for all participants

In closing, President Høyer expressed his gratitude to Dr. Tim Shriver, Drew Boshell, and the entire team for their leadership, dedication, and support of the Special Olympics movement. He also looked forward to the evolving relationship between BWF and Special Olympics International in the coming years.

This announcement came at the conclusion of a spectacular week of badminton at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, where 150 badminton players from 58 countries competed.

FAQs

What is the purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the BWF and Special Olympics International?

The MoU aims to enhance the growth, quality, and accessibility of badminton for Special Olympics badminton players. It seeks to ensure that these players experience the positive mental, physical, and social health benefits of participating in the sport.

What are the key elements of the partnership between BWF and Special Olympics International?

The partnership involves SOI officially recognizing BWF as an international partner. Additionally, BWF will provide training opportunities to Special Olympics personnel, while SOI endorses BWF’s Shuttle Time and Coach Education programs. Both organizations will work together to provide a safe, fun, and positive experience of badminton for all participants.

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Conclusion

The collaboration between the Badminton World Federation and Special Olympics International signifies a powerful commitment to the growth and inclusivity of badminton. By fostering a shared vision and values, this partnership promises to create more opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to engage in the sport and reap its many benefits.