The technical officials of Huelva 2021

The world’s best racquets will congregate from December 12 to 19, 2021, at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021. More than 385 players from 52 countries will gather at the Carolina Marín Sports Palace for this best world event.

All the expectation and eyes are on the courts, on the players. But in them (and outside them) and in the courts, there is also the technical officials in charge of controlling the matches and the correct development of the competition.

The competition has the presence of 4 referees and a group of 14 international umpires with a long trajectory in tournaments of the highest level. Eric Lissillour (France) is the referee of the tournament. His colleagues Ewald Cejnek (Austria), Chris Lawrence (USA) and Carmen Martinez (Denmark) represent the deputy referees. The referees, accredited by the BWF, come from 11 different countries (Brazil, Botswana, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda).

The umpire Christian Johannessen (Denmark) and Kian Joo Teo (Malaysia), and referee Ewald Cejnek, are taking advantage of this event to bid farewell to badminton as professionals by being part of the tournament technical officials. After many years serving this sport at the highest level as members of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), they are retiring once Huelva 2021 is over.

The TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021 refereeing committee is part of the “green bubble” of the tournament, ensuring full compliance with the COVID-19 protocol set by the BWF. Therefore, their mobility space throughout their stay at the event has been restricted. They have also undergone different PCR tests before and during the competition as the rest of the staff that is part of Huelva 2021.

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