Saturday, 20 Apr 2024

BWF News

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is committed to finding ways to enhance the scoring format in badminton. In their pursuit to optimize the game, the BWF will be conducting further testing of variations of the 5×11 scoring system.

During a recent BWF Council meeting in Lima, Peru, members agreed that any potential changes to the scoring system would only be considered after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This decision was made in response to concerns expressed by players in surveys. Additionally, more testing, including two setting options, will be conducted next year.

Between February and April 2015, organizers of BWF Level 3 (Grand Prix) and Level 4 tournaments will have the opportunity to test the 5×11 system with a maximum of 15 points or with a three-point decider if the score reaches 10-all. Notably, there will only be a one-minute break between games. Previously, 31 Level 3 and Level 4 events tested the 5×11 option without setting.

The ultimate aim of these testing phases is to improve and enhance the sport, making it more exciting and entertaining, especially for the younger generation. BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer emphasized the importance of taking into account the concerns expressed by various stakeholders, particularly the players. He stated, “We will engage in more testing—this time with setting options—which will give players more time to become familiar with the 5×11 option. We will then consider the feedback and data received from those tournaments.”

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Following a thorough analysis of the data collected next year and further consultations with BWF stakeholders, the Council may consider placing the matter on the agenda for the 2016 Annual General Meeting, with the intention of implementing any necessary changes thereafter.

President Høyer reiterated the BWF’s commitment to responsible and progressive decision-making, ensuring that badminton continues to appeal to its current fan base while also attracting new fans in a highly competitive sports market. He acknowledged that any proposed changes will naturally spark debate, doubt, and perhaps resistance, but he also highlighted the positive feedback received regarding the proposed alternatives and the related analysis.

In conclusion, the BWF is dedicated to finding ways to improve and enhance the sport of badminton. Through extensive testing and consideration of stakeholder feedback, the federation aims to implement changes that will make the game more exciting and appealing to both current and new fans. By taking a responsible and progressive approach, the BWF strives to ensure the continued growth and success of badminton in an ever-evolving sports industry.

Text by Carnegiecentre