Scoring system for badminton under review


NEW DELHI: Players will be asked to give feedback on three alternative scoring systems at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) annual member’s forum in New Delhi on Friday.

Two of the proposals being looked at are: two games of 21 points (current setting) and the third game to be played for 11 points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 14-all) or a return to three games of 15 points (setting at 19).

But the most accepted proposal appears to be for five games of nine points (setting with two points clear; decisive point at 12-all).

It will be the first formal discussion on this topic since 2006, when BWF introduced a rally point scoring system (21x3) which remains in place today.

One of these three proposals could be selected after adequate testing at tournaments and feedback from various stakeholders.

BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said the session will look at the three proposals.

“It is designed to start a dialogue and consultation with our members on what we have now as a system and how this could be improved so that the generations to come continue enjoying badminton at its best.

“We want to improve badminton in all context – for fans, television, live streaming and for players at every level,” he said, adding that BWF are looking to add to the “intensity and excitement” as well as reduce the length of time for matches.

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