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Badminton's scoring system might change again

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New Delhi, May 20 (IANS): The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is reviewing the scoring system of the sport and there is a possibility that the format might change in the near future.

The BWF will have a discussion about alternate options at its annual Member's Forum here Friday followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday.

The current system -- best-of-three games of 21 points each -- was introduced in 2006 when it was changed from the 15-point game where a player/pair could earn points only on his/her serve.

This is being done as the current format takes a lot more time for matches than what the BWF had initially expected, at times creating scheduling and timing issues during tournaments.

"Badminton is a great sport and as with everything else, it's continually evolving. There have been various developments regarding scoring which we think the time is right to discuss with our members," said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund.

"This session we will introduce ideas around scoring and different 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."

The scoring system was on the agenda at a players' meeting held by the BWF Athletes' Commission last weekend where Lund outlined the reasons for contemplating a change while stressing that players would be integral in any decision.

Among the benefits of a change, he listed creating more intensity and excitement and reducing the length of time for matches which has steadily increased and been a challenge for scheduling.

Players have been asked to give their opinion on three proposed formats -- two games of 21 and the third game of 11 points (two points clear setting, decisive point at 14-all), three games of 15 points (setting at 19) and five games of nine points (setting with two points clear, decisive point at 12-all).

One of these could be selected after adequate testing at tournaments. Also, the current format can also be retained after consultations with players.

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