BWF Council 2013 - 2017

2015 AGM - Dongguan. China

Honorary Life Vice Presidents

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Tom Bacher

    Denmark Denmark
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    Tom Bacher was elected to the IBF Council in 1979 and spent the next 24 years serving the IBF in various roles including Executive Board Member (1982-1992), Vice President (1987-2003), Deputy Chair of Council (1987-1995 and 2002-2003) and Vice President (2000 – 2003). Tom received the Herbert Scheele Trophy for outstanding and exceptional contribution to badminton in 2008 and became a BWF Honorary Life Vice President in 2009.

    In the sixties and early seventies, Tom Bacher was a talented badminton player and initially made his mark as runner-up in the Danish National men’s singles. But it was as a doubles player that he enjoyed most success, winning numerous international titles on the European circuit before producing the big win of his career, by partnering Poul Petersen in the 1970 All England Championships men’s doubles title when the unseeded Danish pair defeated the English favourites David Eddy and Roger Powell 15-11 15-0.

    Tom Bacher has been one of Denmark’s leading figures in badminton ever since his early days of involvement; first as a player, coach, selector, team manager, umpire and finally as administrator.

    At the Continental level Tom Bacher served in many roles for Badminton Europe as Chair of the Court Officials Committee (1978-1979), President (2004-2010). Tom became a Badminton Europe Honorary Life Vice President in 2015.

     

     

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Madam Lu

    China China
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    Lu Shengrong had an outstanding career as an international sports administrator.

    Madam Lu was elected to the IBF Council in 1983 and was Vice President (1984 -1993) and Deputy Chair of Council (1990 – 1993) before being elected unopposed as IBF President in 1993.

    Madam Lu created history in 1993 by becoming the first woman President of the International Badminton Federation, a post she kept for two terms until 2001. Her election as IBF President in 1993 was also the first Chinese President of any international sporting organisation and marked a major step in her rise to the top of an International Federation of the Summer Olympic Programme.

    During her presidency, Madam Lu became a member of the International Olympic Committee and a member of the inaugural IOC Women & Sports Working Group (1996 – 2001) – later an IOC Commission – and has throughout her career, a advocated strongly for women in sport.

    Madam Lu also held a number of posts nationally including Vice President of the China Badminton Federation in 1988 and an Executive member of the Chinese Olympic Committee in 1996.

    Madam Lu has been an Honorary Life Vice President since 2005 and she was admitted to the BWF Hall of Fame in 2006. Madam Lu was awarded the inaugural Women in Badminton Award in 2011.

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Stellan Mohlin

    Sweden Sweden
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    Stellan Mohlin had a long and illustrious career both as a badminton player and an administrator.  Stellan Mohlin was IBF Vice President from 1968 until 1977 and IBF President from 1976 to 1981. He was elected as an Honorary Life Vice President in 1981 and inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 1999.

    His career as an administrator began in 1954 as a committee member of the Svenkka Badmintonforbundet and in 1964 he became an IBF Council member. In 1969 he was elected President of the European Badminton Union (1979-1977).

    In 1976 when he became IBF President, Mohlin soon had the bitter sweet experience of watching his native Sweden organising the First official World Championships in 1977 while at the same time, the sport was under threat with a rival group being formed.  With his considerable skills Stellin Mohlin represented IBF’s interests as President in the difficult years between 1977 and 1980 when the sport was threatened with the rival World Badminton Federation.

    After four years of concentrated effort, he was able to preside over a united Annual General Meeting in Tokyo in 1981 when the whole badminton world was present.

    Having first played the game in 1935, just one year after the founding of the IBF, he went on to be one of Sweden’s finest players, earning 23 international and 11 national titles.

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Sir Craig Reedie

    Scotland Scotland
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    Sir Craig Reedie CBE, has had a stellar career in international sport serving in a wide range of positions. An IOC member since 1994, Sir Craig is IOC Vice President and a member of the IOC Executive Board. Sir Craig is also President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a position he took up in January 2014 after serving as a member of the WADA Foundation Board since it was established in 1999.

    Sir Craig was an IBF Council member (1970–1977), Vice President (1977–1981), President (1981–1984) and has been an Honorary Life Vice Presidency since 1985.

    In 1981, Sir Craig became IBF President at the age of 40, the youngest IBF President to date and this marked the start of a more youth orientated outlook within the Federation. Sir Craig was a visionary. He played a vital role in first solving a potential split within the IBF in the late seventies and early eighties and secondly made a truly significant contribution in securing badminton’s place on the Olympic Games programme of sports which was confirmed by the IOC in 1985.

    Sir Craig Reedie joined Scottish Badminton Union (SBU) Council in 1964, and went on to serve as honorary secretary and treasurer. Sir Craig was Vice President (1975-77) and then President (1977-79) of the SBU. Sir Craig then became Vice President of the European Badminton Union (now Badminton Europe) (1974-80).

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Jeffrey Robson

    New Zealand New Zealand
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    Dr Jeffrey Ellis Robson MBE was one of the most outstanding New Zealand sportsmen of his day, excelling at both badminton and tennis on the international stage. On top of his many tournament successes, he also holds the distinction of being captain of both New Zealand’s Davis Cup tennis and their Thomas Cup badminton teams.

    Jeff Robson’s career as an administrator was just as distinguished and included 25 years of service with the IBF. Robson was IBF Council Member (1979 -2004), Deputy Chair of Council (1997-2002) and IBF Vice President (1989 - 2004). Jeff Robson was elected Honorary Life Vice President in 2005 and received the Herbert Scheele Award in 2009.

    His devotion to sport led to an MBE in 1976 for his services to badminton and tennis and in 1990 he became an inaugural member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004 he and his wife Heather received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Badminton New Zealand.

    Jeff Robson was President of Badminton New Zealand (1981-1983) and has been a Life Member of Badminton New Zealand since 1983 and Patron since 1995.

    In 2004 Jeff Robson received the prestigious Halberg Trust New Zealand Herald Lifetime Achievement Award.

     

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Charoen Wattanasin

    Thailand Thailand
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    Professor Charoen Wattanasin was elected to the IBF Council in 1974 and served the IBF for 31 years, rising to Vice President (1990 – 2005), before retiring in 2005. He was inducted into the BWF Hall of Fame in 2000 and has been an Honorary Life Vice President since 2005.

    Professor Wattanasin has had more than 60 years involvement in badminton at national and international levels as both a player and an administrator.

    He was a talented player on the international circuit in the fifties and early sixties, twice runner-up of the All England Championships men’s singles and he won the World Invitation singles title in Glasgow twice as well as many titles in Asia, Europe and USA.

    Professor Wattanasin was a long-standing administrator for Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). He was a Member of the Executive Committee (1971-1978), Honorary Secretary General (1987-1991) and Vice President (1991-1995).

     

     

  • Honorary Life Vice President

    Dr Kang Young Joong

    Korea Korea
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    Dr. Kang Young Joong was BWF President for two terms (2005 – 2013), the President of the Asian Badminton Confederation (2003 – 2005) and President of the Korea Badminton Association (2003 – 2009). Dr Kang has been an Honorary Life Vice President since 2014.

    Dr Kang brought his considerable business and commercial experience to the Council and as President and Chair of Council, emphasized the importance of a transparent, principled and a democratic approach to governance. During his Presidency the Council brought in many new initiatives, particularly in his second term as President.

    From 2009 to 2013, Dr Kang oversaw the most significant periods of growth in the 80-year history of the BWF. His leadership and changes within the BWF helped to establish the conditions for “best practice” and excellence for the sport and the BWF.

    During this period, the BWF and badminton went through unprecedented change. The rise and rise in the status of badminton and the BWF was due to effective leadership by Council, good governance, key partnerships, a strategic approach and the significant upgrading in the professional staff managing the day-to-day operations.