In a groundbreaking initiative launched in 2020, the BWF – (World Academy of Sport) WAoS scholarship programme aimed to empower dual-career athletes, providing them with the unique opportunity to balance elite sporting endeavours with education.
In a celebration of talent, determination, and inclusion, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December takes on a special resonance this year, marked by the echoes of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Para Badminton Sport Technical Workshop.
In the world of sports, tales of determination and steadfast spirit often stand out as the most inspiring. Dorsa Yavarivafa’s journey from her birthplace in Iran to her dream of becoming a badminton champion is one such story. Born in Tehran, her life took an unexpected turn when, due to safety reasons, they were forced to flee the country. Her father, a semi-professional table tennis player who had introduced her to badminton at the age of nine, had to stay behind.
The BWF Player Education – Dual Career initiative delivered from 25 September to 4 October 2023 during the BWF World Junior Championships in Spokane, offered three activities: information booth, focus group sessions and IOC Athlete365 Career+ Self Discovery workshop.
International School Sport Federation (ISF) and BWF delivered a variety of badminton activities (competition, activation and development) at the 2nd ISF U15 Gymnasiade 2023–World School Sport Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 19-27 August.
BWF has introduced the Coach Education Equivalency process, ensuring a unified coaching standard across Member Associations.
Ten female coaches from various countries, including Barbados, Brazil and Iran participated in the Female Coach Mentor Programme at the World Coaching Conference during the BWF World Championships 2023 in Copenhagen.
The two-day BWF World Coaching Conference, held during the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023, was a platform for the expression of ideas and sharing of knowledge on various aspects of badminton, besides providing an opportunity to question long-held beliefs. Around 120 coaches from 44 Member Associations participated.
The Sport Science Research Grant Programme 2023/24 received 63 applications between 1 March and 1 May 2023, selected 17 projects across key research areas, including Badminton Performance, Physical Activity & Wellbeing, Injury Prevention & Medical, and Para badminton/Inclusive badminton.