KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying have been named the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Male and Female Player of the Year respectively in recognition of their stellar runs this season.
Denmark’s Axelson was rewarded for his extraordinary run ranging from the Barcelona Spain Masters in Feburary 2020, and made 10 finals in 11 particular person tournaments, profitable seven of these, together with gold on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the world governing physique of badminton introduced throughout its awards ceremony on Friday.
Tai received the All England 2020 after which struck a wealthy vein of type on the three-tournament Asian Leg in January 2021, making all three finals, and clinching the BWF World Tour Finals 2020.
The Chinese Taipei participant then made the ultimate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, being defeated in an exhilarating match by Chinese shuttler Chen Yufei.
Due to the disruptions brought about to the game’s tournaments by COVID-19 during the last two years, the interval of consideration for the BWF Player of the Year awards was from November 2019 till 31 October 2021.
Olympic champions Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei have been named the Most Improved Player of the Year, whereas Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu have been named the Pair of the Year.
Chinese shuttler Qu Zimo was named Male Para Badminton Player of the Year, and Leani Ratri Oktila of Indonesia received the Female Para Badminton Player of the Year. France’s Lucas Mazur/Faustine Noel have been honored with the Para Badminton Pair of the Year award.