Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

Successful BWF AGM 2021

The 82nd BWF AGM was held virtually on Saturday, May 22, with a remarkable attendance of 158 members. During the meeting, 15 proposals were voted on, and elections for the BWF Council (2021-2025) took place.

BWF Council Elections

The positions of BWF President, Deputy President, Vice President Para Badminton, and 20 ordinary Council Member positions were confirmed for the 2021-2025 term.

The following individuals were elected unopposed, ensuring continuity at the top of BWF leadership:

  • Poul-Erik Høyer – BWF President
  • KhunyingPatama Leeswadtrakul – Deputy President
  • Paul Kurzo – Vice President Para Badminton

The election for the 20 ordinary Council positions featured 31 candidates. Here are the results:

Successful BWF AGM 2021

The Council outcomes align with the BWF Constitution, guaranteeing global board representation and a minimum representation of 30% for each gender on the Council. You can view the members of the BWF Council 2021-2025 on the BWF website.

BWF President Høyer expressed his excitement to lead the organization for another term and congratulated all successful candidates:

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the confidence you have put in me to be your President for another term. I will do whatever I can to live up to your trust and work hard to develop badminton to an even higher level,” said Høyer.

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He also thanked all candidates for participating in the election and contributing their time, experience, and commitment to the development of BWF and badminton.

“With this election, we welcome a range of new Council members for the next term, and I look forward to working with all of you for the development and progress of our sport. At the same time, we bid farewell to a number of Council members who served last term, and I would like to acknowledge the huge contributions you have made.”

Proposed Scoring System Change

The BWF Membership also voted on a proposal to amend the Laws of Badminton regarding the Scoring System, from 3×21 to 5×11.

The proposal, put forward by the Indonesian Badminton Association and the Badminton Association of Maldives, and seconded by Badminton Asia, Badminton Korea Association, and Chinese Taipei Badminton Association, received 66.31% in favor and 33.69% against. Although it fell just short of the two-thirds majority required, BWF President Høyer expressed gratitude to the Membership for their participation in this important decision.

“Our Membership has spoken, and despite the very small margin by which the two-thirds majority was not reached, the BWF respects the outcome to retain the three games to 21 points scoring system,” said Høyer.

“It is now the second time such a proposal has not been approved, but I see the fantastic participation of the Membership and the decision reached today as an indication that the badminton community is very much engaged in the best interests of the sport during these difficult and challenging times. So, for that, I thank everyone for their role in this process.”

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Høyer emphasized that although the proposed scoring system change was part of his vision to make badminton more exciting and increase its entertainment value for stakeholders and fans, the outcome of the vote will not deter the BWF from continuing efforts to increase excellence in badminton for all concerned, in line with their Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

In other matters, the Membership successfully voted to confirm the inaugural members of the BWF Vetting Panel, as well as the BWF Independent Hearing Panel.

For further details of the 82nd BWF AGM, please visit the BWF website.


  1. How often is the BWF AGM held?

    • The BWF AGM is held annually.
  2. Who is the current BWF President?

    • The current BWF President is Poul-Erik Høyer.
  3. Are the BWF Council positions gender-balanced?

    • Yes, the BWF Constitution ensures a minimum representation of 30% for each gender on the Council.


The successful BWF AGM 2021 saw the confirmation of the BWF Council for the 2021-2025 term, with key positions filled by respected individuals in the badminton community. While the proposed scoring system change did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority, it reflects the active engagement of the badminton community in shaping the sport’s future. The BWF remains committed to its Strategic Plan 2020-2024 and will continue striving for excellence in badminton. Visit Carnegiecentre for more information on the BWF AGM and the latest updates in the world of badminton.