Verpoorten to quit Badminton Europe and BWF next year
Gregory Verpoorten has announced he will not stand for a second-term as president of Badminton Europe, the sport's continental governing body.
The Belgian executive was elected in 2014 as the successor to Poul-Erik Hoyer, now president of the Badminton World Federation, but said he has no intention of remaining in office beyond April 2019 when his term ends.
In addition, Verpoorten said he will not be seeking another term as vice-president of the BWF, he position he has held since 2009, as he wants to leave the world of sports politics.
He explained: "I chose not to seek re-election due to my professional commitments and mainly as I want to spend more time with my family... The timing is right to pass the baton as we have, as a team, built a great foundation to further grow both organisations and as I know that there are a lot of good people around in Europe at this moment to take over the leadership.
"There is great support of the Membership for the work done in Badminton Europe and BWF, so I have no doubt that the new leadership will get the support they need as well."
The Badminton Europe presidential election is slated for 27 April, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Prior to Verpoorten, Hoyer had been Badminton Europe president since 2010.