Deidre Jordaan Elected to Lead Badminton Confederation of Africa Athletes Commission

South Africa’s Deidre Jordaan has been elected to lead the Badminton Confederation of Africa Athletes Commission. Photo: Badminton SA (Facebook)

South Africa’s Deidre Jordaan has been elected to lead the Badminton Confederation of Africa Athletes Commission.

Jordaan is a renowned badminton teacher and player with a wealth of knowledge both on and off the court. She is devoted to advocating for African badminton players’ interests and making sure that their voices are heard within the BCA.

Jordaan will collaborate closely with Tejraj Pulto from Mauritius and Adham Elgamal from Egypt as Chair of the Athletes’ Commission to represent the needs of African badminton players and further the growth of the sport.

She was chosen to represent South Africa for the first time in 2020 and has continued to do so. Jordaan and Amy Ackerman began their doubles partnership in 2022, and in 2023 they won the Women’s Doubles silver medal at the Continental Championship in Uganda, earning them a spot on the BCA Road to Paris 2024 Olympic Games Scholarship.

With their highest World Ranking for Women’s Doubles at 70, Jordaan and Ackerman also won gold at the All-Africa Continental Individual Championships this year on their home court in South Africa. Jordaan also won a team bronze medal in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. At the AASC 2023, she won a bronze medal in mixed doubles alongside Robert White.

African badminton players are intended to be represented by the BCA Athletes’ Commission, which will also promote their interests within the group. On topics like competitive schedules, equipment, and athlete welfare, it offers guidance and comments. The commission also emphasizes encouraging and aiding the sport’s growth in Africa, particularly among young people and underrepresented groups.

The commission also promotes anti-doping and anti-match-fixing activities, as well as ethical behaviour and fair play among African badminton players. In order to promote the sport and enhance circumstances for African players, the commission also works in conjunction with other badminton organizations and commissions on a regional and international level.

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s Deidre Jordaan has been elected to lead the Badminton Confederation of Africa Athletes Commission. Photo: Badminton SA (Facebook)

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