BEC President Hoyer Larsen Declares Interest in BWF Leadership Role

By Community | January 27, 2013

Badminton Europe Confederation (BEF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen has announced his intention to go for the presidency of Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Hoyer Larsen is the 1996 Olympic Men’s singles champion and also serves on Denmark’s National Olympic Committee. He was elected to his position at BEC in 2010.

A statement released by Larsen 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, therapy I believe I can contribute to badminton’s Olympic aspirations.”

The statement also said that Larsen was encouraged by colleague from around the world as it was known that Kang Young Joong, the current BWF president, would not seek re-election.

Badminton Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Modh Salleh and Indonesia’s Icuk Sugiarto have also expressed an interest in the presidency.

The BWF annual general meeting takes place on 18 May in Kuala Lumpur.