THE Sudirman Cup will probably be the last major event that Malaysia will host – and it’s got nothing to do with the poor fan turnout.
It’s just that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are unhappy with the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) new ruling that limits the national body from making some extra money through commercial rights.
The BWF have, since the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last year, come out with a new contract for all hosts of major events whereby the world body take 80% of the profit from the commercial rights.
BAM general manager Kenny Goh said that they were restricted in many ways from gaining some advantage as the hosts as BWF were running the show.
“This commercial model for major events does not favour the hosts. I’d prefer Malaysia do not bid for any major events like the Thomas Cup Finals or World Championships ... but the final decision lies with the exco,” said Kenny.
“I’d rather we concentrate on the Maybank Malaysian Open and make the event bigger.”