LONDON: The Badminton World Governing Body will vote in May on a proposal to change the sport’s scoring system after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, it said Saturday.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said it had put forward a proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives to change the rulebook.
Matches are currently played in a best-of-three format, with the winner of each match being the first player up to 21 points.
The change proposes a best of five 11-point format games in an effort to increase excitement and make the sport more television-friendly.
“The proposed change of scoring system is part of my vision to make badminton more exciting and increase the entertainment value for stakeholders and fans,” said Poul-Erik Hoyer, the BWF president and 1996 Olympic champion for Denmark.
“This is only proposed to be introduced after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, I’m sure this is a more favorable time to influence this change.”
The BWF will hold its annual general meeting virtually on May 22 with votes also to decide on positions in the executive board, including the president and deputy president.
Hoyer stands for a third term in office.
A two-thirds majority will be required to approve the score change.
An attempt to change the score failed to get the necessary support the last time a vote was taken in 2018. A proposal was also defeated in 2014. – Reuters