Badminton

Published: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 4:44:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 8:05:01 PM

Don't change the format: Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen: 'If what I was doing outside (playing) is not exciting enough, then I don’t know what is exciting.'

Jan Jorgensen: 'If what I was doing outside (playing) is not exciting enough, then I don’t know what is exciting.'

NEW DELHI: Danish shuttler Jan Jorgensen, who is the only non-Asian player in the top 10 of the singles world rankings, is not in favour of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) making changes to the Thomas Cup format or the scoring system for the sport.

There is talk of BWF planning to introduce two singles and one doubles format to shorten the ties in the Thomas Cup competition.

It is felt the current format of three singles and two doubles is too long.

World No. 3 Jorgensen, however, is against the proposed changes.

“It is ridiculous to shorten the ties. The current format gives inspiration to the younger players. They look forward to playing and it’s amazing when you look at them taking all the pressure.

“If you reduce the number of matches, it is only the experienced players who will be fielded,” said reigning European singles champion Jorgensen.

On the proposal to do away with the current 21-point best-of-three-game scoring format to make it more exciting for the fans, Jorgensen felt that this too “is a bad idea”.

“If what I was doing outside (playing) is not exciting enough, then I don’t know what is exciting,” he said.

The tattoo-loving Jorgensen exited the Thomas Cup stage after his team lost 3-1 to Malaysia in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Jorgensen, who failed to stop world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from giving Malaysia the first point, said he has no regrets.

“I always knew it would not be easy playing against someone like him. I expected a tough fight and I just wanted to help boost our team spirit. We failed ... but at least we tried,” said Jorgensen, who has the words “Time will tell” tattooed across his collar bone.  

Tags / Keywords: badminton, Thomas Cup, Jan Jorgensen, BWF, Badminton World Federation

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