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22 May 2017

Seven new members for BWF council headed up by re-elected Høyer

Seven new members have been elected to the council of the Badminton World Federation.

They join 11 members re-elected at the BWF annual general meeting in Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday.

The new members, all of which will serve four-year terms, are: Tang Jiu Hong (China); Moosa Nashid (Maldives); Battushig Batbold (Mongolia); Danlami Zama Sanchi (Nigeria); Emma Mason (Scotland); Robbert de Kock (Switzerland); and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul (Thailand).

Those re-elected for further terms are: Wayne Somers (Canada); Nora Perry (England); Etienne Thobois (France); Jassem Kanso (Lebanon); Lim Teong Kiat (Malaysia); Nigel Skelt (New Zealand); Sergey Shakhray (Russia); Ng Yoke Weng (Singapore); Peter Tarcala (Slovakia); David Cabello (Spain); and Chipo Zumburani (Zimbabwe).

As expected, BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer (Denmark), deputy president Gustavo Salazar Delgado (Peru) and vice-president for para-badminton Paul Kurzo (Switzerland) were all re-elected unopposed.

The 27-member BWF council is completed by the five continental vice-presidents and the chair of the BWF athletes’ commission.

The 51-year-old Høyer (pictured), the former head of Badminton Europe, was first elected as BWF president in May 2013 when he defeated Justian Suhandinata of Indonesia.

Høyer, a gold medallist at the 1996 Olympic Games, was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2014.

This year's BWF elections took place ahead of the Total BWF Sudirman Cup taking place in Gold Coast until 28 May.