The Badminton World Federation Council is working in the direction of changing the scoring system and playing conditions. India’s national coach Pullela Gopichand is not at all happy with the proposed changes.
The BWF will formally propose a suite of changes at its Annual General Meeting in Bangkok on 19 May 2018 with an aim to “to enhance the sport”. The proposal will include three major changes in the “playing conditions.
– A new and enhanced scoring system of 5 to 11
– A reduction in on-court coaching
– A service-law change to introduce a fixed height for serves
The “new and enhanced scoring system is aimed at increasing the excitement of the sport at the top level and to shorten the length of matches,” the world governing body for the sport has stated in a note. To reduce the on-court coaching, a proposal is being mooted to “introducing time-out options for players”.
“Inspired by this collective view, the BWF Council unanimously endorsed a package of innovations and upgrades last November which aims to enhance and enrich our sport with wide-ranging initiatives that will realise badminton’s vast global potential; taking it to unprecedented heights in all spheres,” BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen has stated in his note posted on the official BWF website.
However, P Gopichand finds little logic in the proposed changes.
“I am not personally in favour of that system. I don’t see any reason for changing the 21×3 as the sport has been growing and things have been looking good. The reason for the sport not doing well is definitely not the scoring system. So changing the scoring system won’t really help. It is not something where logically you can come to a conclusion why it is being done,” Gopichand told insidesport.co. “Badminton has gone from 15 to seven to 21… The sport has seen a lot of changes in the past. There needs to be a logical reason why it is important to make it 11×5 now.”
The BWF will circulate the formal proposal to the members on 30 March. The circular will also include other proposals, if any received, by February 23, the world governing body for badminton has stated in a note.
The changes once approved may come into effect by June this year.