COPENHAGEN: Japan chief coach Park Joo-bong does not fancy changes to the badminton scoring format, saying it will be a nuisance to the top players and officials.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are experimenting with the 11x5 rally scoring format in all Grand Prix Gold and Satellite tournaments. The trial period is from August to November.
The BWF council will meet in Peru in November to determine whether to adopt the new scoring format.
“The top players have not had the chance to try out this new scoring format. Unless some of them take part in the GP Gold or satellite, they will not get a feel of the new format,” said Joo-bong.
“It is unfortunate that the top players do not have a say in this.
“If they implement the new scoring format, the top players will only get to try it out next March. The new Superseries season only starts in March as the BWF plan to give a two-month break. In April, the Olympic Games’ qualifying period begins.
“The timing is not right. They should have tried it out much earlier and give everyone a taste of it.
“I think this scoring format will see matches end very quickly – and that may not be too exciting in the Olympic Games,” added Joo-bong, who won the men’s doubles gold medal with Kim Moon-soo in the 1992 Barcelona Games.