A new partnership between the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Special Olympics, an international organization dedicated to providing sports training and athletic competition to individuals with intellectual disabilities, was recently announced by BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer in Paris. The announcement followed a Special Olympics International on-court demonstration and signing ceremony during the Yonex French Open finals.
Through the partnership, the BWF plans on supporting badminton education and coach training within the workforce of the Special Olympics. Training and education will be provided through Shuttle Time, a grassroots development program maintained by the BWF and offered in 17 languages, and will be available on a regional basis.
Both organizations hope that by joining together, they will enable more athletes to benefit from the sport of badminton. The training and education services will help Special Olympics promote the enhancement and development of the sport among its athletes and greatly expand its current badminton program.