Badminton Korea Association dismisses 7 coaches, abolishes age restriction

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Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan bend both their knees and bow to Ra Kyung-min after winning the 2018 China Open.
Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan bend both their knees and bow to Ra Kyung-min after winning the 2018 China Open.

Seoul: The Korean badminton squad, which has suffered a significant decline in performance the last two years, had made sweeping changes to fire seven of its coaches through text messages last Thursday.

Korean media reported that contracts for those seven coaches would not be renewed after November 23rd. Well, finally, it started to make sense why Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan genuflected before their coach, Ra Kyung-min, upon winning the China Open women’s doubles title, because, that would probably be the last time they were playing under Ra’s guidance.

Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan bend both their knees and bow to Ra Kyung-min after winning the 2018 China Open.
Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan bend both their knees and bow to Ra Kyung-min after winning the 2018 China Open.

Meanwhile, badminton equipment manufacturer VICTOR who has been sponsoring the Badminton Korea Association (BKA) since 2009 and in February, 2017, VICTOR extended the contract with BKA until Feb 2021, has decided to terminate the contract early due to Korean team’s lackluster performance on the international stage.

Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan hug their coach Ra Kyung-min after winning the China Open title.
Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan hug their coach Ra Kyung-min after winning the China Open title.

This Wednesday, BKA also announced that it will abolish the age restriction for Korea’s non-national team members’ to participate in international tournaments.

Currently, BKA rule states that male badminton players who are aged 31 years or younger and not part of the national team can’t compete in international competitions. The age restriction for female players is set at 29.

But Shin Baek-Cheol and Ko Sung-hyun who had retired from Korean national team, took the case to the court. Following a second hearing, the court had ruled in favor of Shin and Ko, which also directly nullified the BKA’s rule.

BKA told Korean media although they are still in the process of appealing the court’s decision, but the organization has decided to abolish that age limit restriction.

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