BWF president Høyer reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis
Poul-Erik Høyer, the president of the Badminton World Federation, has announced he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 54-year-old Danish official insisted that he intends to continue in the role, and as a member of the International Olympic Committee, for the foreseeable future.
In a statement issued by the BWF yesterday, Høyer said: “I feel now is an appropriate time to make this news public… Medical science has come a long way in dealing with Parkinson’s disease, and I feel very little impact of the disease in all areas of my day to day life.”
The BWF recently announced a new calendar for 2020, after various events were postponed and cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The first major event is the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, which will take place in Aarhus in Denmark on the original dates of 3 to 11 October.
Høyer said: “My full efforts are totally focused on leading the Badminton World Federation and fulfilling my role as IOC Member. I would like to thank the badminton and sporting community for their ongoing support and I look forward to leading the BWF as we plan for our safe return to international badminton.”
Høyer, the men’s singles gold medallist at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, has been head of the BWF since 2013, and an IOC member since 2014.
He was previously the president of Badminton Europe.