Rashid gives thumbs down to new scoring format

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national coach Rashid Sidek is not a fan of the new scoring format, which was tried out at the recently-concluded Celcom Axiata Malaysia International Youth Under-19 in Terengganu.

The former Olympic Games bronze medallist said that the new 11-point best-of-five-game scoring format would benefit the “older” players and reduce the prospect of any one shuttler dominating the game for a long time.

Rashid believes that old-timers like Lin Dan of China and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei will thrive under the shorter game.

“This new format will not be as demanding ... and aging players like Lin Dan and Chong Wei can stay on even until the Olympic Games in Tokyo if the world body adopts it,” said Rashid.

“Even our former All-England champion (Mohd) Hafiz (Hashim) will have a field day. Who knows, maybe even I can return to the sport,” he added in jest.

In the international meet that ended on Saturday, Petaling Badminton Club’s (PBC) Chen Tang Jie-Man Wei Chong did the country proud by beating top seeds Pakin Kuna-Anuvit-Natthapat Trinkajee of Thailand 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 to win their maiden boys’ doubles title.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are encouraging their members to try out two versions of the 5x11 scoring system for the next few months.

The 5x11 system will either be set to a maximum of 15 points or to a three-point decider when the score reaches 10-all.

Rashid is also concerned that the new scoring system would take the excitement away from the doubles game as “there would hardly be time for the shuttlers to warm up under the format”.

“The men’s doubles matches are played at a fast pace. Matches could end even before the excitement starts,” said Rashid, who feels that it would be best to stick to the current 21-point best-of-three-game format.

“We have used it for the last 10 years and it has been well received. The matches are exciting under this format as it keeps the fans at the edge of their seats.

“I’m not sure if the new format will be well-received by players. Let’s wait and see how it goes in the next few months. We will probably have a better insight when it is tested in a major tournament,” said Rashid, who is the singles chief coach of the AirAsia Badminton Academy.

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