Zii Jia all for proposed shorter but intense scoring format

PUTRAJAYA: All-England champion Lee Zii Jia says aye to the proposed shorter-but-explosive scoring format.

Armed with a great attacking prowess, the 23-year-old Zii Jia believes he is one of those players who can ace the 11-point, best-of-five game system.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are proposing to replace the existing 21x3 with the new 11x5 format after the Tokyo Olympics.

While admitting that it will benefit him, Zii Jia does not want to get too excited.

“I won’t say that I’d be very happy about it as a change will mean that the training and game strategy have to change as well, ” said Zii Jia.

“It would take a while to adapt as we have been playing the 21-point all this while.”

Zii Jia feels the shorter version will favour attacking players.

“The format will suit my game as attacking is my forte, ” said Zii Jia.

“As for the rest, I can’t say for now who will benefit the most. But I do believe that most top players will adapt to the change at some point.

“We are all experienced enough to embrace any change that may come. It’s just a matter of getting used to.”

The world body announced last week that their members would vote during a virtual annual general meeting on May 22 to decide on the format for the first time in more than 15 years.

The current 21x3 format has been in use since 2006. It replaced the 15x3 system.

The BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer has been a fan of the shorter version, believing that it would make the game more appealing to fans and television-friendly.

They had experimented with it in lower-tier tournaments in 2014 but their proposal was shot down at the annual meeting in Bangkok in 2018 as they did not get the two-third majority, or 168 votes, needed to make the change.

A total of 129 voted for the change while 123, mostly Asian countries, were against it.

But all that is set to change as the latest proposal came from the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) and the Badminton Association of Maldives, which shows a shift among Asian countries.

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