Technical Official Of The Month

June 13, 2019, 1:34 p.m. (ET)

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 June 2019, USA Badminton would like to recognize Pedro Garcia, who has been a technical official, USAB line judge, service judge and BWF line judge for over 20 years. 

As a teenager, Pedro served as a score keeper while he was member of the national team in Mexico.

“I wanted to become an official for many reasons including to honor my sister who first taught me to play,” said Pedro. “To have the chance to travel and meet others involved in the sport, to have the opportunity to help young players as they first enter the sport, as well as being able to see elite players at the peak of their careers, while giving back to a sport that has been a large part of my life since I was a teenager.”

Of the many matches that Pedro has officiated, the two matches that stand out to him most are from the 2015 Special Olympics Word Games in Los Angeles, where a young players celebration after her win, despite her physical challenges was “inspirational, emotional and truly memorable” and from the 2015 US Open in New York, Lee Chong Wei vs. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, where Vittinghus hit an unexpected shot that stunned his opponent. Pedro said all these years later that rally can be seen on YouTube, and he is proud to have been a part of that match.

Pedro recently returned from the 2019 Sudirman Cup and he said it was one he would always remember.  “I enjoyed visiting China and am happy I will be returning in December for the World Tour Finals.  The people were nice, the country was beautiful and clean, and I really enjoyed networking with the other technical officials from around the world.  It was also a great experience seeing the best players in the world competing not only for themselves, but also for their respective countries, and seeing each of them play multiple times was a great format to see the world's best in all events and in many matches.”

Pedro added that his favorite part of being a technical official is seeing players of all ages and abilities being able to enjoy the sport. “From the youngest juniors, to seniors and veterans, as well as elite world champions, Special Olympics and para-athletes, I enjoy being able to see everyone enjoying this amazing sport and being able to be a part of badminton events around the world.”