The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) released the qualification system for AirBadminton’s debut at the ANOC World Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia from 5-12 August 2023.
AirBadminton at Bali 2023 will feature 72 athletes (36 men and 36 women) across four medal events: Men’s Triples, Women’s Triples, Mixed Doubles, and the Mixed Team Relay.
The Mixed Team Relay and Mixed Doubles will feature athletes already qualified for the Men’s and Women’s Triples.
Quota places for Men’s and Women’s Triples will be based on the official BWF World Team Rankings as of 2 January 2023.
National Olympic Committees (NOCs) can also qualify athletes by way of the Five Continental Qualification Competitions that will be staged in early 2023.
Host nation Indonesia is guaranteed one Men’s Triples and one Women’s Triples entry provided they pass the athlete eligibility criteria.
The qualification period ends on 12 June 2023.
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said this is an important milestone for the sport following AirBadminton’s launch in May 2019. “AirBadminton on sand delivers an exciting, skilful, intense level of play, and with such a proud history of badminton in Indonesia, we expect our very first World Beach Games appearance in Bali to be a thrilling one. I encourage players from around the world to get in touch with their National Association and NOC to find out how to be involved. You could be a current national-level player, or even a recently retired champion.” he said.
“We want as many people as possible to try AirBadminton. It is a new avenue of competition. We see that it will grow very quickly, and view Bali 2023 as a great springboard for more tournaments and greater participation,” Thomas Lund said
AirBadminton as one of four new sports
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today announced AirBadminton as one of four new sports to be added to the sports programme in 2023.
AirBadminton was chosen based on the fundamental criteria that the programme should include beach sports that can be sustainably delivered and in accordance with the Games’ aim to target the youth and inclusivity.
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said this is an important milestone for the sport following AirBadminton’s launch in May 2019. “We have been working on an outdoor badminton concept for many years now and the acceptance of the competitive version of AirBadminton at the World Beach Games is a signal that the sport is here to stay,” Høyer said.
“The World Beach Games is a unique opportunity to showcase AirBadminton as a dynamic game that is accessible to all. AirBadminton on sand delivers an exciting, skilful, intense level of play, and with such a proud history of badminton in Indonesia, we expect our very first World Beach Games appearance in Bali to be a thrilling one,” Høyer said.
ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said it was exciting to see AirBadminton join the programme for Bali 2023. “AirBadminton will add something completely different to the Games and provide more opportunities for more NOCs to engage new sports, new athletes, and a new generation of fans. We have no doubt that AirBadminton’s inclusion will greatly contribute to the success and the legacy of the Games,” Lindberg said.