KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Olympic champion Poul-Erik Hoyer pledged Saturday to improve the image of badminton after winning the presidency of the sport's world governing body.

The Dane polled 145 votes Saturday to beat Justian Suhandinata of Indonesia by 25 votes, becoming the first European to lead the Badminton World Federation since 1993 and the only former athlete.

Hoyer won the singles gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He succeeds Kang Young Joong of South Korean, who stepped down after eight years in charge.

"Match-fixing or match-throwing is of course a concern," Hoyer says after the election, adding the issue would be discussed at the BWF's council meetings next week.

The sport was disgraced at last year's London Olympics when eight Asian female players were disqualified for trying to throw away their matches to gain more favorable draws.

Hoyer wants to develop badminton so it is among the top 10 sports at the Olympics.

"One of my focus areas will also be development. We want to do even better," he said. "I do hope we can see great moments for our sport in the future."

 

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