Technical Official Corner Kevin Bahn

April 12, 2019, 1:57 p.m. (ET)

Technical Official's Corner

Kevin Bahn

Starting April 2019 USA Badminton will recognize a Technical Official every month. Technical Officials (TOs) are an important group of experts who play a critical role in the development of the game. 

For April 2019, USA Badminton would like to recognize Kevin Bahn, who has been officiating for close to 10 years. Kevin Started officiating when there was a local tournament at his university that needed help. He started officiating with his friends after that but ended up being the only one to continue.

USA Badminton recently had a Q&A with Kevin about his career.


Q: What’s your favorite part about being a technical official?

A: My favorite part of being a technical official is all the great people I get to meet around the world, and all the cultures I get to experience along the way! It truly is fascinating how things are just so different in other parts of the world. My last journey was to Basel, Switzerland, and this year, it just happened that the tournament fell on the same week as a huge carnival. There were many folks dressed in costumes and playing musical instruments that would last for 72 hours nonstop! The carnival stretched miles long and people were celebrating everywhere in the streets that they close down most of the downtown area for this.


Q: What’s the most interesting match you’ve officiated?

A: The most interesting match I've officiated would probably have to be the top Indonesian WD against the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalists from Japan. I think what made this match so special is that the atmosphere in Jakarta, especially in the Istora Senayan where the tournament was held, is unparalleled in the sport of badminton. The fans there are all very enthusiastic about badminton, and it shows how much they love the sport! When the Indonesians came from being down 17-20 in the 2nd game, after losing the 1st, and winning the 2nd game, the crowd just erupted in cheers that was so deafening. Even with a stadium microphone, I was unable to hear my voice because it was just drowned in the screams of the fans.


Q: What is your favorite type of food?

A: My favorite food would probably be sushi. I was lucky to have had the experience of eating high quality sushi in Japan! The way it is prepared by the professional chefs and how the fish just melts in your mouth is amazing.


Q: If you could have one super power what would it be and why?

A: If I could have one superpower, I'm going to go outside the box and say accelerated metabolism. With all the traveling around the world, I normally love to try the local delicacies. When I umpire, there's not much chance to always get to exercise, so I would love to eat lots of delicious foods from around the world and not gain a single pound!