Doubles events likely to revert to old format


KUALA LUMPUR: The International Badminton Federation (IBF) are likely to revert back to the old scoring format for the doubles events - both mixed and women. 

After experimenting with the seven-point, best-of-five games for a year, the IBF have decided to stick to the 15x3 for the men's events (singles and doubles) and 11x3 for the women's singles.  

But they had shortened the system to 11x3 for the women's doubles and mixed doubles during a council meeting at Guangzhou, China in May last year. 

Not satisfied with the decision, the Badminton Association of England (BAE) are seeking support to annul the changes during an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) next week at Eindhoven, Holland. 

The BAE claim that the IBF council acted outside of its powers when choosing a scoring system, which had not been proposed to them.  

They claim the new scoring system is discriminatory to women. 

They have proposed a nine-point, best-of-five-games system as a compromise. 

However, the Asian Badminton Confederation (ABC) will not agree to the BAE’s proposal. 

“There will be three steps in deciding on the scoring format at the EGM,” said ABC secretary datuk Punch Gunalan.  

“Firstly, the members will vote for the mandate given to the council to be withdrawn.  

“If the proposal by the BAE is not cleared, then the same scoring system remains for all the events as was decided at Guangzhou,” added Gunalan, who is also the IBF vice-president. 

“But, if the EGM agrees to annul the changes of the scoring format, the members will have to decide on the 9x5 scoring format proposed by the BAE.  

“But in order for a rule to be changed, there needs to be a 2/3 majority vote.  

“The Asians hold the majority vote and we have already decided not to support the 9x5 format. 

“If the scoring format (9x5) is not accepted, then it will go back to 15x3 for all events.”  

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