Badminton federation suspends membership of SportAccord

(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Badminton World Federation has joined a long list of Olympic sports suspending its membership of SportAccord.

The BWF says in a statement Monday that its president, Poul-Erik Hoyer, had written to SportAccord president Marius Vizer to convey the decision which was based on the federation’s disagreement with Vizer’s comments about the International Olympic Committee and President Thomas Bach in Sochi, Russia last month.

The BWF says its letter to Vizer noted that recent statements by him “clearly show that BWF is not aligned with the opinions and vision of SportAccord and you as the President of the organization.”

Vizer, who also heads the international judo federation, has been left increasingly isolated since sharply criticizing the IOC and Bach in his opening speech at the SportAccord convention in Sochi.

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