Council met in Tallinn, Estonia on 17/18 January in their first meeting of 2009. The Yonex Estonia International was held during the weekend, this gave Council an opportunity to see the tournament and meet with representatives from the Estonian Badminton Association.
The Badminton Europe Council was pleased be able to meet with Badminton Estonia’s President, Robert Antropov and Yonex Estonia International Tournament Director Aavo Raig during the weekend in Tallinn. The Badminton Europe Council was in Estonia for the first meeting of 2009. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to prepare for the Annual Delegates Meeting taking place in Milan, Italy on Saturday, 4 April 2009. The ADM will begin at 10.00hrs.
Here is a summary of decisions that were taken at the meeting in Tallinn –
Council decided to allocate the 2010 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships to Warsaw, Poland. This is pending the agreement of the terms and conditions outlined in the event contract.
Council decided to allocate the 2009 Summer School to Karlskrona, Sweden. This will take place from 11 – 18 July 2009.
Council approved an initiative to donate badminton equipment to less-developed Member Associations at the European Junior Championships 2009.
Council approved the proposal to organise the 2nd Development and Administration Seminar in Medvode (near Ljubljana), Slovenia. The Seminar is intended for General Secretaries/Chief Executives of national badminton associations and will take place alongside the European Under 17 Championships in November 2009. Precise details will be announced at the 2009 Annual Delegates Meeting in Milan.
Badminton for the Disabled was discussed by Council and will be on the agenda for discussion with all Member Associations at this year’s Annual Delegates Meeting in Milan.
Council intends to revamp the working groups within the structure of Badminton Europe and will be looking for experts from all over Europe.
Council discussed the 2009 BWF AGM and noted that there will be elections for the BWF Council this year. Possible names of candidates who could represent Europe and seek election were considered.
Council discussed and had observations regarding the Olympic Games Qualification System and also the format of play within the Olympic Games. Recommendations will be presented to BWF in the near future.
An experiment allowing online entries for a Circuit tournament(s) will be tested in the near future
Badminton Europe will launch a new web-based magazine in the coming weeks
The following technical officials were approved by Council for upgrading:
To Badminton Europe Certificated referee –
Ivanka Pokorni (Croatia)
To Badminton Europe Accredited umpire –
Ann Vandecan (Belgium)
Elena Kenta (Cyprus)
Marios Kyriako (Cyprus)
Jan Kolar (Czech Republic)
Frank Ahlstrand (Denmark)
Amanda Baalam (England)
Phil Clough (England)
Allan Potter (England)
Pascal Candeille (France)
Vasilis Kalivas (Greece)
Sandra Lindsay (Ireland)
Viorel Petre (Romania)
Constantin Stan (Romania)
Jim Gauld (Scotland)
Susanne Malmberg (Sweden)
Patrik Wennstrom (Sweden)
Daniel Schmidt (Switzerland)
The Badminton Europe Council will next meet in Milan, Italy during the 2009 European Junior Championships.