DONGGUAN: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) may review the draw system for the knockout stages of major events.
The current random draw system sees the group champions being seeded according to their world rankings.
In the draw for the Sudirman Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, Malaysia were paired with South Korea while favourites China had an easy draw – against Germany. Both sets of teams had already met during the group stages.
BWF events director Darren Parks explained that “the current system is in place to avoid the possibility of match fixing”.
“This system has been in place since 2007. It was put in place because we had issues with fixing in the past,” said Parks.
“That’s why it was better to have a random draw.
“But we understand the different viewpoints and, of course, there’s room for a review. In the Olympics next year, for example, those who have played in the same group will have their names taken out of the pot so that they won’t meet again (in the knockout stage).
“We can do something similar for the Thomas and Uber Cup competitions and the Sudirman Cup if the majority feel that it’s a better system.”