PETALING JAYA: Time-out for players is set to be a new feature in badminton matches.
This is one of the few changes that Badminton World Federation (BWF) are pushing for at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and council meeting from May 18-19 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The meeting of 189 delegates to bring a sweeping change in badminton will take place just before the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals start on Sunday.
The other proposal for a change is to do away with the current scoring format and replacing it with the shorter version – the 11x5 system.
There is also a plan to implement a service-law change with a fixed height for serves to improve the quality and consistency of service judging.
The idea of time-outs for players will directly reduce in-court coaching – and the move is expected to reduce time-wasting tactics.
“This will be a significant meeting with important matters to be decided. The overall aim of these proposals is to make badminton more exciting by creating more peaks in matches,” said BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer.
“We want to increase the entertainment value for fans, while also shortening the length of matches. Time-outs will be a new feature and will mean players will have to rely on their own instincts and ideas more, rather than getting so much coaching as they do now.”