By George Aluo
Current Badminton Europe President Poul-Erik Høyer has declared his intention to run for the position as President for Badminton World Federation (BWF), even as he said he plans to take the game to the next level as an Olympic sport.
The 1996 Olympic Men’s Singles Champion was elected to Badminton Europe (BEC) in 2010 and serves also on the National Olympic Committee of Denmark.
In an email to Daily Sunsport, Hoyer stated that his dream is bring stakeholders world over together in the interest of the game. He stated that his candidacy is receiving global backing.
Poul-Erik Høyer was encouraged to run from several colleagues from all over the world as it was known that current President Dr. Kang Young Joong would not seek re-election. Høyer had declared his support to Dr. Kang who has led the BWF through turmoil to being a truly world class organization.
Poul-Erik Høyer said: “I want to lead the BWF in the same spirit as today and ensure an open dialogue with key stakeholders. I represent unity in the badminton world as I believe that we need strong cooperation to compete against other sports. Our prime target must be to ensure badminton’s status as an Olympic sport and with my profile I believe I can contribute to badminton’s Olympic aspirations.”
About his chances at the election Poul-Erik Høyer said: “I would not seek election if I was not convinced of my ability to lead the BWF and if I had not received so strong
encouragement to stand. My background as Continental President and my excellent
relationship with my colleagues and our Member Associations gives me confidence in a very successful campaign.”
The BWF AGM will take place on Saturday, 18 May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Høyer plans big for BWF, runs for presidencyJanuary 31, 2013 1 Comment »
By George Aluo