Kian Meng-Pei Jing will be ‘frozen’ if BWF delay move to freeze rankings

  • Badminton
  • Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020

Malaysia mixed double Tan Kian Meng - Lai Pei Jing react against China's Wang Yilyu - Huang Dongping at semi-final match for the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2019 at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: World No. 11 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (pic) are set to be the biggest losers among the Malaysian shuttlers if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) continue to delay their proposed move to freeze the world rankings due to the current suspension of the international circuit.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing face the prospect of slipping down the rankings drastically as they will not be able to defend points at the Malaysian Open and Singapore Open, which were supposed to take place this week and next week.

They had excelled in the back-to-back outings last year, reaching the semi-finals in Malaysia and emerging runners-up in Singapore.

The BWF world rankings system takes into account only the best 10 results in the past 52 weeks, but in Kian Meng-Pei Jing’s case, they have not garnered enough decent results to back them up.

Still, it’s unfair for not only Kian Meng-Pei Jing, but also other competitors, to have their points reduced without being able to do anything.

Japanese youngster Koki Watanabe, for instance, has dropped from No. 35 to No. 43 in the latest men’s singles ranking list after he could not defend his Orleans Masters title in France last week.

Indian men’s singles shuttler H. S. Prannoy, the world No. 29, had joked on Twitter that he may find himself just above the top 100 by the time tournaments resume if the BWF do not take immediate action.

The BWF had on Wednesday announced that they were planning to freeze the world rankings until the international tournaments start again.

In a statement, the world body said: “However, we are still working on the technical solution to ensure it works fairly for all players, we will announce this shortly.”

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Datuk Kenny Goh said he has yet to receive any updates from the BWF on the ranking issues.

“It must be difficult for them too because the new dates of the postponed Olympics have not been confirmed yet, ” said Kenny.

Kenny, however, believes that it’s only fair that when the BWF eventually freeze the world rankings, it has to be backdated to after the completion of the All-England.

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