BWF mulling a new scoring system

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is mulling alternative options to the current scoring system to increase the "intensity and excitement" in matches.

 The badminton world body, which last effected the change in scoring in 2006, is of the opinion that duration of matches has steadily increased and added to the challenge of scheduling. The BWF will be holding discussions on the matter during its meeting on the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. 

The current scoring system is a 21-points affair, where winner is two points ahead, in best of three-games. The BWF has asked players for feedback on three scoring options. First is to have two games of 21 points each with the decider, if needed, played for 11 points. Second, to have a 15-point system and third is to have five games of nine points (setting with two points clear; decisive point at 12-all).

"The world governing body will be considering the matter as it seeks to continue innovative developments to improve badminton in all contexts -- for fans, television, live streaming and for players at every level,” BWF said a statement on Monday. 

“We think the time is right to discuss a new system with our members so that generations to come can continue enjoying badminton at its best, BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund added.

The new scoring, however, will take time to come into action. The BWF will put out these scoring systems on trial at small tournaments and seek feedback from various stakeholders before it can be introduced at major events like the World Championships or the Olympics.

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