Official’s Whistle Archive

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    Gilles Cavert – Humble umpire enjoys Asian hospitality

    Though a volunteer, French umpire Gilles Cavert behaves nevertheless like a professional.  He wants to improve at each match, and for a while would like to continue enjoying Asia when he visits there for international...

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    Official’s Whistle – To mop, or not to rest?

    This edition of the Official’s Whistle comes in the form of a response to a comment on Badzine from a reader in China, on the topic of play stoppage for court mopping. By Michaela Bencova,...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Clothing, clothing…

    One of the duties of umpires is to check the clothing of players. It has to comply with BWF clothing  regulations. In all the years of my umpiring I found out that most of the...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Meet Sven Serré, the running umpire

    Michaela Bencova continues her tour of the umpires who will be participating in the 2012 London Olympics.  This month, she meets with Sven Serré, a 40-year-old umpire from Belgium. Photos: rights reserved and Badmintonphoto How...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Let’s meet David Turner

    Michaela Bencova continues her tour of the famous figures who sit on the closest chair from the court – the umpires who will be participating in the London 2012 Olympics. This month, she meets with...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Let’s meet Lars Rifve

    Lars Rifve is one of the lucky – and talented – umpires who will be selected for the upcoming London Olympic Games in 2012. Michaela Bencova, his colleague,  asked the 49-year-old from Sweden about his...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Wolfgang Lund – Multilingual survivor

    Wolfgang Lund, Swedish-born French Umpire, is now amongst the very best umpires in the world. But his life has not been a smooth path – a cancer left him with no hope until the light...

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    OFFICIAL’S WHISTLE – Putting the ‘ire’ in ‘umpire’

    Last time we had discussion about the services and later I will come back to that for sure.  Now I would like to cover some things that happen on court that make umpires crazy. By...

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