Russia Gives BWF President ‘Badge of Honour’
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - Text by Gayle Alleyne | BWF

http://www.bwfbadminton.org/news_item.aspx?id=75658

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BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer has been awarded Russia’s highest accolade for “services in the development of physical culture and sport".

...“I regard it as appreciation for the work entrusted to me as BWF President. I will cherish it,” he told media afterwards.

The presentation ceremony involved Russia’s Minister of Sports, Vitaly Mutko; President of Tatarstan (the Russian republic of which Kazan is the capital), Rustam Minnikhamov; and President of the National Badminton Federation of Russia, Sergey Shakhray, who is also a BWF Council Member.

Meanwhile, Høyer held talks with the offcials about the state and prospects of development of badminton in Russia and Tatarstan in particular, including the construction of a badminton centre in Kazan.

The BWF President applauded the Russians’ “ambitious strategy” for the development of badminton in the region.