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IBF: American Executive Voted Out, Another In
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May 18, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - In an unusual development at the general
meeting of the International Badminton Federation held this Sunday near
Copenhagen, Denmark in conjunction with the world championships, the general
assembly of the federation did not follow the recommendation of their
executive council to elect Stan Hales of the United States of America as one
of three vice-presidents of the federation. Instead, the general assembly
voted for James Sekajugo of Africa.
Usually, the general assembly rubberstamps the recommendation of the
Hales who was also up for reelection as a member of the executive council
suffered another setback when he again did not get enough votes to be returned
to the federation's policy-making body.
Hales is one of the representatives of the USA Badminton to the federation
and is a respected international tournament official. He is a former American
national team player, coach, international umpire and president of the
American badminton organiztion. Hales is also president of a college in the
American Midwest region as well as a mathematics professor.
According to some participants in the general assembly, politics, the
prominent American role in the Yugoslav crisis and the accidental bombing of
the Chinese embassy in Belgrade all contributed to the negative response to
Hales, specially among the members sympathetic to the Chinese delegation.
However, a prominent assembly member from China disagreed with that
observation and pointed out that the same general assembly had elected another
American, Paisan Rangsikitpho, to the executive council.
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