Olympic 2012 programmes
Badminton Europe has revamped its Olympic programme helping Europe's top singles talents to achieve their goal of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The objective is to create more sparring opportunities for European players, helping to increase their level and to assist them in competing in tournaments.
Badminton Europe started the SOTX Team Europe 2012 programme in 2006. However, the programme has been restructured in 2009 to form two training groups of different levels. One group is focusing on performance at the Olympics and the second group is aiming for qualification.
To make the participation criteria obvious and transparent they have been sharpened. These detailed criteria can be found below and have been send to each MA’s on 15 October 2010. They will become effective 2 month after the date of publishing them.
Oportunities for players of the Olympic programmes:
- to participate at 4 camps organized every year
- to get feedback/advise from their tournament participation from qualified coach
- to get sparring partners from different countries with the same level
- to experience Asian sparring possibilities
- be provided with financial support (payment of accommodation/food costs at selected tournament and have training sessions with high performance coaches).
Criteria for players to be part of the Olympic programmes:
The conditions for the two different teams are in the detailed descriptions of each programme.
The following outlines clarify the conditions:
Players who improve so that they fulfil the conditions, of one of the Badminton Europe Olympic 2012 programmes, for two consecutive months will be promoted to participate in the respective team.
Players who are in one of the Badminton Europe Olympic 2012 programmes but decrease their BWF World Ranking and no longer fulfil the criteria of the respective team for four consecutive months, will be withdrawn of this programme.
This means in detail:
- If a player on the ‘Olympic Team 2012’ moves below 80 in the BWF World Ranking for four consecutive months, the player will be moved to the ‘SOTX Team Europe 2012’ programme.
- If a player on the ‘SOTX Team Europe 2012’ moves above 80 in the BWF World Ranking for two consecutive months, the player will be moved to the ‘Olympic Team 2012’ programme.
- If a player on the ‘SOTX Team Europe 2012’ moves below 200 in the BWF World Ranking for four consecutive months, the player will no longer be part of the ‘SOTX Team Europe 2012’.
- New player who move above 200 in the BWF World Ranking for two consecutive months and additionally fulfil all criteria of the ‘SOTX Team Europe 2012’ programme will be invited to join the programme.
As measurement-tool the BWF World Ranking of the first week of each month is relevant. The final adjustments for an upcoming camp will be made on the first week of the month at least 8 weeks before the camp is hold.
Additional players will be invited as sparring to train with the groups for specific camps. Those players do not have to fulfil all criteria of the regarding programme as long as they add sparring-value to the team. This could also be promising young players who profit of the sparring opportunities and the competing in tournaments.
Full tournament plans have been created for both groups through until 2012, they can be found in the detailed description of each group.
These consist of yearly three camps alongside European tournaments and one camp in Asia. The Asian camp will be a collaboration camp optional for all participants of the Badminton Europe Olympic programmes. Players who do not participated annually in at least two of the three European camps can be withdrawn from the programme.
For more information about 2012 Olympic Programmes, please contact the Badminton Europe Development and Events Assistant Spela Silvester (firstname.lastname@example.org).