Friday, 14 Jun 2024

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Dutch international Koen Ridder appointed as Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission

Koen Ridder is taking over as the Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, succeeding Yuhan Tan of Belgium, whose term ended in May. Alongside Ridder, Marc Zwiebler from Germany has been appointed as the Vice-Chair. This decision was made by fellow commission members after the Athletes’ Commission election which took place during the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast last month. Ridder will represent the athletes on the BWF Council for the next two years.

Recognition of player representation

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer warmly welcomed Ridder to the BWF Council, emphasizing the significance of having strong representation for players. Høyer stated, “Our players are a crucial stakeholder in our international federation, and it is imperative that they have a powerful voice at the BWF’s highest level. We anticipate Koen’s valuable contribution in this regard,” while also expressing gratitude to Yuhan Tan for his service on behalf of athletes.

Leveraging past experiences

Having previously served as the Vice-Chair for the past two years, Ridder intends to draw upon his prior experience as he takes on the role of Chair. “I had the opportunity to work closely with Yuhan Tan during my tenure as Vice-Chair, and he did an excellent job. I will utilize the knowledge I gained during that time,” shared the 32-year-old.

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Priorities and objectives

The newly appointed Chair envisions elevating the visibility and reach of the Athletes’ Commission. The commission aims to enhance the well-being of athletes, provide after-career solutions, and foster improved communication with non-English-speaking athletes. Ridder expressed his aspiration to elevate the Athletes’ Commission to new heights by intensifying communication and discussions with the BWF, leveraging information and developments received from the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

Farewell and future prospects

Outgoing Chair, Yuhan Tan, extended his best wishes to the BWF Athletes’ Commission, saying, “I want to express my gratitude to everyone for their cooperation over the past years. It has truly been an honor to represent the athletes, and I wish the Athletes’ Commission all the best moving forward.”

Additional members

In last month’s BWF Athletes’ Commission elections, four new members were elected: Pusarla V Sindhu from India, Marc Zwiebler from Germany, Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland, and Akvile Stapusaityte from Lithuania. While Pusarla, Zwiebler, and Gilmour will serve full four-year terms, Stapusaityte will replace the retired Tang Yuanting of China and fulfill the remaining two years of Tang’s term. They will join Koen Ridder, Saina Nehwal from India, and Shintaro Ikeda from Japan as members of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

Q: Who is the new Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission?
A: Koen Ridder from the Netherlands has been appointed as the new Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

Q: Who is the Vice-Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission?
A: Marc Zwiebler from Germany has been selected as the Vice-Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

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Q: What are the priorities of the BWF Athletes’ Commission under Koen Ridder’s leadership?
A: Koen Ridder aims to enhance the visibility of the Athletes’ Commission, improve the overall well-being of athletes, and provide after-career solutions. He also seeks to improve communication with non-English-speaking athletes.

Q: Who are the additional members elected to the BWF Athletes’ Commission?
A: The newly elected members of the BWF Athletes’ Commission are Pusarla V Sindhu from India, Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland, and Akvile Stapusaityte from Lithuania. Marc Zwiebler, who has been appointed as Vice-Chair, will also serve as a member of the commission.

Q: Who did Koen Ridder replace as the Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission?
A: Koen Ridder succeeded Yuhan Tan of Belgium as the Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

Summary

Dutch international Koen Ridder has been chosen as the new Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission. Alongside Ridder, Marc Zwiebler has been appointed as the Vice-Chair. This decision was made after the Athletes’ Commission election, held during the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast. Ridder will represent the athletes on the BWF Council for the next two years.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer emphasized the importance of player representation and welcomed Ridder to the BWF Council. Ridder, drawing on his experience as the Vice-Chair, aims to enhance the visibility of the Athletes’ Commission and improve the well-being of athletes. The newly elected members of the BWF Athletes’ Commission include Pusarla V Sindhu, Marc Zwiebler, Kirsty Gilmour, and Akvile Stapusaityte, joining Ridder, Saina Nehwal, and Shintaro Ikeda on the commission.

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