Indonesia and Maldives propose badminton scoring system change – 5 games to 11 points

Indonesia and Maldives propose badminton scoring system change – 5 games to 11 points

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 4, 2021: The Badminton World Federation will stage its 82nd BWF Annual General Meeting virtually on May 22, 2021. 

A number of items are on the agenda including the scheduled BWF Council Elections – uniquely falling in an Olympic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of Tokyo 2020.

There will be a vote to decide three positions on the Executive Board – BWF President, BWF Deputy President and BWF Vice President-Para Badminton – as well as to determine 20 Council positions. Elections will be conducted virtually using electronic voting systems.

Different proposals from the Membership will be discussed, most notably a proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, seconded by Badminton Asia, to amend the Laws of Badminton relating to the Scoring System. The BWF Council has taken forward this proposal and it will be voted on by the Membership in May.

The proposal submitted by Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives is based on five games to 11 points, as opposed to three games up to 21 points.  Related changes regarding Change of Ends and Continuous Play are also motioned.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said he welcomed the proposal from the Membership. “The proposed scoring system change is part of my vision to make badminton more exciting and to increase the entertainment value for stakeholders and fans.

“The last time this topic was tabled it did resonate with a significant section of our Membership with a narrow verdict met. We concede the timing was not right back then but I’m pleased to see this being driven by the Membership once more.

“This is only proposed to be introduced after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, I’m confident this is a more favourable time to affect this change.”

Source: BWF