Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

BWF News

The ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 will introduce AirBadminton, a new sport that will make its debut next year. This exciting announcement was made by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), who have chosen AirBadminton as one of four sports to be added to the sports programme in 2023. The selection of AirBadminton was based on the criteria of including beach sports that can be sustainably delivered and appeal to the youth and inclusivity.

Poul-Erik Høyer, the President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), expressed his excitement about this milestone for the sport. He emphasized the significance of AirBadminton’s competitive version being showcased at the World Beach Games, stating that it reinforces the sport’s presence and popularity. Høyer also highlighted the opportunity for AirBadminton to demonstrate its dynamism and accessibility to a wide audience.

The BWF has been actively promoting AirBadminton, organizing various events to introduce and test the sport. The recent AirBadminton Urban Series event in Hamburg, Germany, was a significant step in this direction. The BWF plans to continue these events, with the next stop scheduled in Utrecht, Netherlands, in September. These tournaments serve as crucial test events leading up to the World Beach Games in Bali in 2023.

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AirBadminton at Bali 2023 will feature 72 athletes across four medal events: Men’s Triples, Women’s Triples, Mixed Doubles, and the Mixed Team Event. Gunilla Lindberg, the Secretary General of ANOC, expressed her excitement about having AirBadminton as part of the World Beach Games for the first time. She recognized the sport’s growing popularity and accessibility and believes it will provide more National Olympic Committees the opportunity to qualify for the Bali 2023 games.

The BWF is currently finalizing a qualification system for the ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023, and further details will be shared with the BWF Membership in the near future.

FAQs

Q: What is AirBadminton?
AirBadminton is an outdoor badminton concept introduced by the Badminton World Federation. It aims to make badminton more accessible and dynamic by adapting the game for outdoor settings like beaches and parks. The sport involves playing with a new type of shuttlecock, the AirShuttle, which is designed to perform well in various wind conditions.

Q: What is the history of AirBadminton?
AirBadminton was officially launched in May 2019 by the Badminton World Federation. The concept had been in development for several years, with the goal of expanding the reach of badminton and providing a new and exciting experience for players and spectators alike.

Q: Are there AirBadminton competitions?
Yes, there are AirBadminton competitions held to promote and test the sport. The Badminton World Federation has organized events like the AirBadminton Urban Series, which serves as a platform to showcase the sport in different cities. These events offer players the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their skills in outdoor badminton.

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Summary

The ANOC World Beach Games Bali 2023 will feature AirBadminton as one of the newly added sports. This selection reflects the sport’s appeal to the youth and inclusivity, as well as its sustainable nature. The Badminton World Federation has been actively promoting AirBadminton, organizing events and introducing the sport to different cities. The upcoming World Beach Games will provide a platform for AirBadminton to shine, with various medal events and the participation of 72 athletes. This exciting development opens up new opportunities for National Olympic Committees to qualify for the games. Stay tuned for further details on the qualification system from the Badminton World Federation.