Wednesday, 22 May 2024

BWF News

To further incentivize high-stakes events in the HSBC BWF World Tour, the BWF has recently made some changes to the Regulations regarding World Ranking points. These decisions were made by the BWF Council after several days of committee and commission meetings in Kuala Lumpur on November 11, 2023.

Starting in Week 17 of 2024, which is after the Olympic qualifying period, the World Ranking system will introduce changes. These changes will increase the number of ranking points awarded for Grade 1 events (Olympics and BWF World Championships), Grade 2 Level 1 events (HSBC BWF World Tour Finals), and Grade 2 Level 2 events (Super 1000 events on the HSBC BWF World Tour).

Winners of Grade 1 events will now receive 14,500 points, up from the previous 13,000 points. Similarly, the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will offer 14,000 points to the winners, an increase from 12,000 points. The points for runners-up and other placings have also been proportionately increased.

Super 1000 events that offer a minimum of US$500,000 additional prize money will now award 13,500 points to the winners, compared to the previous 12,000 points. Super 1000 events with additional prize money between US$250,000 and US$499,999 will now offer 12,700 points to the winners, 10,800 points to the runners-up, and so on.

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There are no changes in the ranking points offered for events at the Super 750 Level and beyond.

In addition to the changes in the World Ranking system, the BWF Council also made other significant decisions. One of them was the approval of a ‘Transgender Interim Policy,’ which outlines the BWF’s position on the participation of transgender athletes in badminton at elite levels until further research is conducted.

Starting from Week 17 of 2024, the draw for World Tour, Grade 3, and Junior International Tournaments will take place one week before the start of the tournament. This adjustment aims to minimize the impact of withdrawals on draws. The main draw seeding date for World Tour tournaments will also be moved to one week before the start of the tournament.

Furthermore, the BWF World Junior Team Championships starting in 2024 (Suhandinata Cup) will feature a new format called the Team Relay Event. Inspired by the successful relay team event competition in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, each tie will consist of 10 matches: two men’s singles, two women’s singles, two men’s doubles, two women’s doubles, and two mixed doubles. The team reaching 110 points first will be declared the winner.

For more details on these changes, you can visit the BWF Statutes page.

FAQs

Q: What are the changes made by the BWF to the World Ranking system?
A: The BWF has increased the ranking points for Grade 1, Grade 2 Level 1, and Grade 2 Level 2 events in the HSBC BWF World Tour. Winners of Grade 1 events will now receive 14,500 points, while the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals winners will receive 14,000 points.

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Q: Will there be any changes in the ranking points for Super 1000 events?
A: No, there will be no changes in the ranking points offered for events at the Super 750 Level and beyond.

Q: What is the purpose of the Transgender Interim Policy approved by the BWF Council?
A: The Transgender Interim Policy provides guidance on the participation of transgender athletes in badminton at elite levels. It serves as an interim measure until further research is conducted.

Summary

The BWF Council has made significant changes to the World Ranking system, aimed at incentivizing top-tier events in the HSBC BWF World Tour. Starting in Week 17 of 2024, winners of Grade 1 events will receive increased ranking points, as well as winners of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals and Super 1000 events. The BWF also approved a Transgender Interim Policy and implemented adjustments to the draw timeline for tournaments. Additionally, the BWF World Junior Team Championships will feature a new team relay format. For more information on these changes, visit the BWF Statutes page. Don’t miss out on the exciting developments in the world of Badminton! Visit Carnegiecentre.com for the latest news and updates.