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Published: Friday April 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:17:10 AM

BWF to test line-call technology at Sudirman Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be the first badminton nation to test run the instant replay technology to cut down on line call mistakes during the Sudirman Cup at Putra Stadium from May 19-26.

Yesterday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai (pic) confirmed that tests would be carried out during the world mixed team event by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

“Badminton has had its fair share of controversies involving line calls and we are happy that BWF have come out with a way to arrest this problem. And we are glad that Malaysia is the first place that the test run will be carried out,” said Chin Chai.

A total of 31 countries, led by defending champions China, will participate in the Sudirman Cup.

If all goes well with the test run, the players will get to contest line calls officially at the Indonesia Open Super Series from June 10-16.

In a statement released by the BWF yesterday, deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho said the world body were determined to get rid of dubious line calls.

“There will be a test set-up at next month’s Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur and then, we plan to go live at the Indonesia Open. We are still in an experimental phase so we will likely not implement the instant-review technology in all tournaments yet,” said Paisan.

“What we are doing is similar to other sports, like tennis, though the technology and process may differ slightly. At the end of the day, we want to further enhance the integrity of the game,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Sport, Sport, Badminton, instant replay technology, Sudirman Cup

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