Zwiebler to head badminton Athletes’ Commission

Following the conclusion of Koen Ridder’s two-year term as Chair of the BWF, former German international Marc Zwiebler will take over the role until 2021.

  • The maximum tenure as Chair of the Badminton World Federation Athletes’ Commission is two years.
  • Marc Zwiebler is a German former European champion and will take over from Dutchman Koen Ridder.
  • The Chair of the Athletes’ Commission is elected by its members.

With the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 just 12 months away, the role of Chair of the Badminton World Federation Athletes’ Commission in its next cycle is as crucial as ever.

I personally competed in the Olympics, but unfortunately never won a medal there. My biggest achievement was becoming the European champion in 2012 in Karlskrona [Sweden], and now I’m looking forward to being on the other side of things.

Several years ago, I started actively engaging with the German Badminton Federation, which is where I got my first experience of athlete representation. It was a very interesting experience and we had a really good relationship with our national federation.

There were a few different problems, but it was very helpful in starting to see the bigger picture, and not just from the athletes’ perspective.

In the new role, I’ve been really looking forward to the World Championships. It will be a challenge personally to be at a big tournament not as a player, but I’ll see some old competitors and be able to catch up with them.

Having been a player and now in the federation, you have a responsibility to a big global organisation like the BWF to encourage development. At the professional level, of course, we want to make it better for the athletes and hear others’ opinions about new ideas.

Two years doesn’t feel like a lot of time to be in this position, but our main goal is to leave the federation and the sport in a better place than we found it.

For more information on Marc’s appointment, visit the BWF’s site here.