BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World badminton chief Poul-Erik Hoyer has warned that European players need to find urgent solutions after their disastrous performance at the All-England Open if they want to avoid a permanent power shift to Asia.
Hoyer won two All-England men’s singles titles and an Olympic gold medal for Denmark during the 1990’s, but last week’s tournament saw Europe fail to achieve a semi-finalist spot in any of the five events for the first time in the tournament’s 115-year history.
With vast sums invested by some Asian countries, a fear that the sport could become further dominated by one region, a potential threat to its Olympic standing, has been increasing.
And Hoyer, the President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), hinted at possible European solutions needed whilst celebrating the phenomenal Asian success.
“Setting up combined facilities so European players can share and create higher quality - that could be something which countries should think about,” said Hoyer, who also became an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member last month.