Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday clarified that their recent proposal to consider a new scoring system was still in the discussion stage with no change to be made yet. The BWF’s proposal last week to changing the scoring system to one of the three alternative systems — two games of 21 (current setting) and the third game to be played for 11 points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 14-all), three games of 15 points (setting at 19) and five games of nine points (setting with two points clear; decisive point at 12-all).
The proposal had come under a lot of criticism from players and coaches. “It has been changed quite a lot, from 9, 15 to 21, now changing back. I think this is not the best part of badminton to change the scores time and again. I don’t think making changes like this is good for the game. There is nothing wrong with the present system,” China’s multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion Lin Dan had said on the sidelines of the Thomas and Uber Cup.
The BWF at its Annual General meeting in Delhi on Wednesday discussed whether an alternative options to the current scoring system is needed to benefit television coverage and make contests more attractive for viewers. “We are just in a process of discussing the new scoring system. It is a long way to go. We are taking inputs from the players world over and are trying to engage a whole lot of fans also.
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We are taking into consideration views of all the stakeholders,” said BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen. “It is interesting to hold discussions and even the players have agreed to get engaged in discussions,” he added.
However BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said he was in favour of a change. Lund said that it would be “strange” if the world body did not consider making changes for the development of the game. “We are discussing with players, coaches, administrators, the federations. I think, there is definitely a serious wish for innovation and development of the game.
I don’t see anything wrong with that. Right now we are just asking people and collecting information. We are consulting our stakeholders,” said Lund. “It would be very strange if we don’t look at our rules and regulations and also the scoring system at some time,” he added.
Good to see growth
Larsen said that it was a great sign that badminton was growing in a lot of countries, including India. “I am very pleased to see the growth of badminton in India. Congratulations to the Uber Cup team for bagging the bronze medal. It is a very positive sign,” said Larsen.
Larsen said it was a positive sign that Japan had won the Thomas Cup after beating China in the semifinals. “A lot of people might have expected China to win both Thomas and Uber Cup finals but I think it is good that we are seeing other nations also actually being able to compete,” he said.