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Category: Badminton News Published: 07 June 2014
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Kuala Lumpur: Despite good intentions, from constant efforts to change the scoring system of badminton to the "smart idea" of US$400,000 Player Incentive Scheme introduced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Friday, in a bid to make the sport more attractive; these moves showed just how out of touch with reality BWF really is.

Out of touch, incompetence and what other terms can I use to describe BWF? Let me know!
Out of touch, incompetence and what other terms can I use to describe BWF? Let me know!

Out of touch, incompetence and what other terms can I use to describe BWF? Let me know!

The scoring system was changed from 15x3 serve points to 7x5 serve points in 2002; back to 15x3 serve points before the existing rally system from 2005.


On May 22, folks in BWF again were discussing three new scoring-system options: a best of five games of nine points, best of three of 15 points and first two games of 21 points followed by an 11-point decider if required.

In addition, BWF launched a Player Incentive Scheme yesterday, with cash payouts to players who participate in various activities held concurrently with the Superseries, such as some pre-tournament shows, socialization with media, photo and autograph sessions, blah blah blah.

This was what BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer said at the press conference. "Players are the key to badminton, we want to reward them for their help in promoting World Superseries through engaging with the media, fans and sponsors – these are all main factors in promoting professional sports.”

Let me tell you this - Poul-Erik Hoyer: First, the most important thing for players like Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan during each tournament is rest (you were in their shoes before,you should know this better than anyone else). Players need a lot of rest especially if they just finished a hard-fought match; Second, they need focus, they need to start preparing for their next match asap based on their game schedule and their next opponents; Third, players like Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan don't really care about your bonus and extra reward points, they already made enough money and earned enough points. Unless these are quick and short activities, otherwise, it'll take a toll on the shuttlers.

Badminton will get a lot of media coverage automatically if BWF could make its prize-money structure the same or pretty close to Tennis, Formula One or Golf. I felt really sad when I read about Nguyen Tien Minh learnt badminton by watching Youtube and learned that some European players are struggling financially because badminton's prize-money just couldn't cover their living expenses.

Lastly, I have been watching Badminton since I was a kid, I love this sport very very much. I was hoping before I die, Badminton could one day evolve into an internationally prominent sport like Tennis. However, with these guys at BWF, I'll have to bring this hope with me to my next life. BWF, contact if you need help in promoting Badminton!

  • FYI, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are not the ONLY top ranked players in the world. There are other top players, too, who can benefit from this Player Incentive scheme. Kudos to BWF for not imposing it upon the players but leaving it to them to decide whether or not they would like to participate.

    Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei might/might not care about it (How do you know for sure that they don't care?), but earning extra cash is never a bad thing if you the decision to do so is solely yours. Money earned through this scheme can help players who are not as successful as your Lin Dan and LCW.

    Also, increased interaction between the players and fans will be good for the sport.

    The revamped 2015 calendar is also going to be easy on the players so that should also help.

    We love badminton but let's be honest, it's not as glamorous a sport as Tennis. I'm sure BWF wouldn't mind handing out bigger prize money if they had the cash in the first place. You don't want them to take huge bank loans just to match the kind of prize money handed in Tennis, do you? It will take a lot of effort and time to make badminton as popular as tennis and for that to happen everyone will have to come together, not just BWF.

    I agree with you that BWF's constant meddling with the scoring system is not a good thing. Let's not reduce the sport to pornography just for the sake of getting more viewers.

    Anyway, cheers!

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  • Calm down guys! While I have to admit some of the sentences in the article were not elegantly phrased, I do believe the author has no bad intentions towards the sport of badminton. On the contrary, I think the author was too deep in love with badminton. I've seen same kind of arguments over and over again for the last 15 years, the fact is, with BWF's existing prize money structure, it's very difficult for badminton players to survive in those high cost of living countries, such as England, USA, Japan, or even Vietnam (it was a surprise to know Nguyen Tien Minh is struggling financially, but thanks for that info). Frankly, there is no secret formula to make badminton a prominent sport overnight, and I hate to see BWF's effort in promoting badminton keeping going down the drain like what had happened for the past many years. Let's just hope whatever BWF is doing could push badminton towards a new milestones.

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  • those guys can't even run a 7 - 11 store, needless to say an international organization like bwf. by the way, zu enlai, please excuse my language, why don't you go f yourself using the tennis balls from your "glamorous sport"

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  • Zu Enlai, I like your comment about the revamped 2015 calendar. However, I completely disagree with folks like you who keep making excuses for the poor work of BWF over the years. I almost literally pass out in my chair watching you said "let's be honest, it's not as glamorous a sport as Tennis... huge bank loans ..." I was an OK badminton player from Europe, I remembered the first thing my coach told me when I first met him was: “If you train hard, play smart, you can beat anyone, no one can make you feel inferior." Even though I didn't turn out to be a good badminton player, but I was able to apply that analogy to my business, and I did quite well on what I am doing now. Your comment made me feel like I already lost the game before it even starts. This is the worst player mentality when it comes to competition. I wish I can help out in fixing the mess BWF caused. But for now, I just hope it won't get any worse after the retirement of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei.

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