NEW DELHI: Japan head coach Park Joo-bong has taken the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to task for conducting the draw for the knockout stages of the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals well past midnight.
The former doubles great said the BWF should have come out with a better schedule and competition format rather than having ties stretching late into the evening.
It was already past 11pm (India time) before the final Thomas Cup group tie between Japan and Denmark concluded on Wednesday. And the draw was held after that.
Japan rode on the strength of their three singles players to beat Denmark 3-2 in their last group tie to reach the quarter-finals.
“I was not happy with this. It would have been better if the teams were given a rest day before the quarter-finals start ... and the draw could be conducted without rushing,” said the former Olympic and world champion doubles player for South Korea.
“It’s not fair to any team who have to play so late and come back a few hours later the next morning to play in the quarter-finals.
“The organisers should look into this. They could have also set up a better room to conduct the draw ceremony.
“There were people crowding around the small room and we, the coaches, could not even see what was going on at the front.”
Japan overcame Thomas Cup Finals debutants France 3-1 in the quarter-finals but the late schedule could have affected their rhythm – and proved costly – had they faced stronger opposition.
Perhaps the BWF should look into having the Thomas Cup semi-finals played together with the Uber Cup final on the same day. Currently, both the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup semi-finals take place on Friday.
There is a rest day for the men’s competition before the final takes place on Sunday.
Joo-bong also expressed mixed feelings about the proposal to tinker with the scoring system.
“If they want to change and make it more interesting, perhaps it will be in women’s doubles.
“Some matches can go on for a long time ... but we have to ask also whether it is fair for the players to train up to six hours and then finish their matches in 20-25 minutes?”