Monday February 25, 2013
Hoyer-Larsen: BWF headquarters will stay in KL
KUALA LUMPUR: Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen has no intention of moving the Badminton World Federation (BWF) headquarters back to Europe if he becomes the world body’s new president.
The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medallist is happy with the headquarters’ being in the heart of Asia – in Kuala Lumpur.
Badminton Europe (EB) president Hoyer Larsen confirmed his decision to stand for election when nominations officially closed on Friday. The BWF are expected to publish the names of all the candidates for the various posts on their website today.
Two other candidates vying for the president’s post are Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh and All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) president Justian Suhandinata.
Hoyer-Larsen said in a statement that he would not rock the boat but would give more focus on promoting the game among the smaller member associations.
“I have the utmost respect for current president Dr. Kang Young Joong and his administration and, if elected, I do not see the need for any major changes,” stated the blue-eyed Hoyer-Larsen.
“The office is well situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the heart of Asia where our sport has its stronghold.”