Badminton World Federation to review scoring system

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: May 21, 2014, 08:17 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam

New Delhi: A new era beckons for badminton as the sport`s world governing body asked for suggestions on a possible new scoring system. A discussion about alternative options to the current scoring system will be held at the Badminton World Federation`s annual Member’s Forum in New Delhi on Friday.

Earlier, players were asked for feedback on three alternative scoring, which include:

1. Two games of 21 (current setting) and the third game to be played for 11 points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 14-all),
2. Three games of 15 points (setting at 19) and
3. Five games of 9 points (setting with two points clear; decisive point at 12-all)

The scoring system, which follows a rally of three sets of 21 points each was updated in 2006. In Friday`s meeting, the focus will be on innovative developments to improve the sports in all contexts – for fans, television, live streaming and for players at every level.

Confirming the possible changes in the scoring system, BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said that “badminton is a great sport and, as with everything else, it’s continually evolving. There have been various developments re. scoring which, as an international federation, we think the time is right to discuss with our members.”

“This session will introduce ideas around scoring and different scoring possibilities. It is designed to start a dialogue and consultation with our members on what we have now as a system and how this could be improved so generations to come continue enjoying badminton at its best,” he added.

BWF Events Committee, Peter Tarcala also observed that “there are various badminton leagues in the world with their own scoring systems...we need a uniform system” which has “more peaks (high points)”.

BWF Athletes’ Commission chairperson, Emma Mason urged players to expressed their views as whatever decision is taken must be one “everybody supports” and that the transition should be smooth.

The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the ongoing Li-Ning BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2014, New Delhi.

With Agency inputs