Monday, 22 Jul 2024

BWF News

In 2020, the BWF Membership Grants Programme was activated, providing funds to over 100 BWF Member Associations (MAs) in November. The goal of these grants was to revive badminton activities with a focus on ‘Back to Badminton’. Let’s take a closer look at some of the exciting national activities that took place in November and December.

Africa – Senegal

CNPB Senegal took the initiative to deliver BWF Shuttle Time Tutors and Teachers courses in November and December. The courses aimed to promote and develop the sport of badminton. Participants included 34 PE teachers from different regions of the country. At the end of the courses, 14 participants received certification as BWF Shuttle Time Tutors and Teachers.

Antoine Jean Joseph Diandy, President of CNPB Senegal, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to popularize badminton throughout Senegal through the Shuttle Time courses.

Asia – UAE

In December, Dubai’s renowned sports club, Al Nasr, made history by launching its women’s badminton team. This move marked the first time a national club prioritized badminton as a sport. Twenty-six women joined the program, where they will receive training from certified coaches for national and international tournaments. Plans are underway to establish national club programs and kickstart the National Women’s League in the first half of 2021.

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Ghazi Al Madani, Chairman of the UAE Badminton Committee, expressed his confidence that girls now have a complete pathway to excellence with badminton entering the national club system.

Europe – Kosovo

The Badminton Federation of Kosovo organized a camp in November to introduce AirBadminton to club players. Additionally, a separate event promoting badminton was held at Don Bosko College, attracting 70 participants, including students from seven elementary schools in the Municipality of Gjilan.

Lulzim Haziri, President of the Kosovo Badminton Federation, highlighted the growing popularity of the sport among the young population.

Oceania – Fiji

The Fiji Nationals and Junior Nationals took place over four days in November, bringing together an impressive 118 players across 21 events. After a period of COVID-19 restrictions, the players were thrilled to finally compete again!

Barry Whiteside, President of the Fiji Badminton Association, expressed the players’ enthusiasm to get back into competition after the COVID-19-enforced downtime.

PanAm – Suriname

In December, the Suriname Badminton Association organized an AirBadminton launch event to encourage the public to experience this new outdoor game. The event featured a Mini Team competition on two beach sand courts and a tryout session on three grass courts. Over 60 people participated in this exciting event.


  • What is the BWF Membership Grants Programme? The BWF Membership Grants Programme provides funds to BWF Member Associations to support the revival of badminton activities.
  • What is AirBadminton? AirBadminton is a new outdoor variation of badminton that aims to make the sport more accessible and enjoyable in different environments.
  • How can I get involved in badminton? To get involved in badminton, reach out to your local badminton association or club for information on training programs and events in your area.
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These national activities organized by BWF Member Associations demonstrate the global commitment to promoting and developing badminton. From Senegal to Suriname, the passion for badminton is evident. If you’re interested in getting involved in badminton, explore the opportunities available in your local community. Visit Carnegiecentre for more information and resources to embark on your badminton journey.