BWF approves gender and continental quotas for ruling council
The Badminton World Federation has approved proposals to introduce gender and continental quotas for representation on its council.
The approvals were made during the body’s first virtual Annual General Meeting on Saturday, which also saw a four-term limit placed on the position of BWF president.
The approval of proposal 5.4, which concerns gender and continental representation on the BWF Council, means a minimum 30 per cent of the 27-person council must be female and likewise a minimum of 30 per cent must be male.
The 30 per cent minimum also applies to each continent’s representation on the body.
The president, their deputy, five vice-presidents and 20 remaining ordinary members must be structured to have 10 Asian representatives, nine European representatives, three from the Americas, three representing Africa and two representing Oceania.
The 30 per cent gender representation means Oceania’s two representatives will have to be one woman and one man.
However, para-badminton’s vice-president, as well as two athlete representatives, are free to be any gender and from any continental body.
In future elections, if there are not enough council candidates from a certain gender or region, positions will be left vacant for year until another election can take place.
The move falls in line with the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee to target 30 per cent of gender representation in decision-making positions within international federations by 2020.
Poul-Erik Høyer, BWF president, said: “I want to congratulate the membership for passing the landmark vote to approve the constitutional change to ensure gender equality on the BWF Council and for taking another important step to improve our governance practice by bringing in a vetting process for officials of the BWF.
“Just recently, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations released its third IF governance and BWF ranked third overall along 31 Summer IFs. It’s a great sign for the future of badminton and I congratulate everyone on these outstanding results.”