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Top Badminton Players Running for Athletes' Commission

Some well-known badminton personalities – five men and three women – are vying for three places to represent their peers on the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

After four days of voting – two at the Yonex German Open 2013 and two at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships – players will know on Thursday 7 March who they have selected to speak and act on their collective behalf for the next four years.

Those seeking election are: Imogen Bankier (Scotland); Cai Yun (China); Koo Kien Keat (Malaysia); Kaveh Mehrabi (Iran); Greysia Polii (Indonesia); Yuhan Tan (Belgium); Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark); and Wang Xin (China). All, except Mehrabi – who chaired the outgoing Commission – are newcomers seeking office for the first time.

Eligible voters must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Be listed on the Main & Qualifying list of players for the 2013 YONEX German Open or the YONEX All England Championships.

• Be ranked in the top 150 players in Women’s or Men's Singles on Thursday 31 January 2013 (the ranking date for the Main and Qualifying draws for the Yonex German Open).

• Be ranked, with another player, in the top 95 pairs in Women’s, Men's or Mixed Doubles as at Thursday 31 January 2013.

Voters must select one female candidate, one male candidate and a third candidate of either gender.

The three successful candidates will join other current Commission members – Lee Yong Dae (Korea); Emma Mason (Scotland; Vice Chair); and Rodrigo Pacheco (Peru) as well as ex-officio member, Pedro Yang (Guatemala). The six members are selected on a rotational basis, with half the panel having elections every two years. One of the newly-constituted Commission’s first duties will be to determine a Chair and that individual will sit on the BWF Council.

For further information on the upcoming BWF Athletes' Commission election, including profiles of the eight candidates, click here.

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The BWF Athletes’ Commission was established in 2008. Its purpose is to represent the views of athletes to the BWF Council. The Chair of the BWF Athletes' Commission is a full voting member of the Council and has the responsibility of advising the Council on matters relevant to athletes.

The BWF Athletes’ Commission is guided by the Athletes’ Commission Charter.

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