Denmark’s Poul-Erik Høyer has been re-elected unopposed to lead the Badminton World Federation ©Getty Images

Denmark’s Poul-Erik Høyer has been nominated unopposed to be President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for a second successive term. 

The 51-year-old Olympic gold medallist was the lone candidate for the position, which he has held since the last BWF Council election in May 2013.

Peru’s Gustavo Salazar Delgado and Switzerland’s Paul Kurzo were also unchallenged in their quests to retain their respective positions of BWF Deputy President and BWF vice-president for Para-badminton.

Both are set to serve their second four-year terms, with Kurzo tasked with spearheading preparations for badminton’s Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

A total of 35 people from across all five Continental Confederations are vying for 18 places on the 27-member BWF Council, whose elections are due to be held at the BWF Annual General Meeting in the Gold Coast in Australia on May 20. 

A full list of the candidates can be accessed by clicking here.

The other eight seats are taken by the President, Deputy President, vice-president for Para-Badminton, five continental vice-presidents, and the chair of the BWF Athletes' Commission.

A new face will also be representing players on the BWF Council as outgoing chair of the BWF Athletes' Commission, Belgium’s Yuhan Tan, is set to step down in May, when three positions on the six-member panel will be up for grabs.

The other two members who have finished their four-year terms are Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg-Vittinghus and Indonesia’s Greysia Polii.

Those elections are also due to take place in the Gold Coast during the 2017 BWF Sudirman Cup.

Poul-Erik Høyer will lead the world governing body of badminton for a second successive term ©Getty Images
Poul-Erik Høyer will lead the world governing body of badminton for a second successive term ©Getty Images

Høyer, the men’s singles Olympic gold medallist at Atlanta 1996, was first elected as the BWF's President four years ago after South Korean Kang Young-Joong stepped down. 

The Dane, elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2014, put restoring badminton's reputation at the top of his agenda.

Badminton's integrity was praised by IOC President Thomas Bach in July 2015, testament to the giant strides made under Høyer after it was embroiled in a major scandal at London 2012. 

A total of eight players were disqualified from the tournament by the BWF after being found guilty of "not using best efforts" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport".

Each of the pairs - two from South Korea and one pair each from China and Indonesia - were found guilty of playing to lose matches in order to manipulate the draw for the knock-out stage.

In one match, both teams made a series of basic errors, and in one match the longest rally was just four shots.

At the BWF's 2015 Annual General Meeting in Chinese city Dongguan, Høyer reiterated the importance of the sport continuing to remain "free of corruption and manipulation from external forces".

The BWF's initiatives have included signing up to the IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System to reaffirm its commitment to fighting illegal betting, match fixing and corruption in sport.