The Jakarta Post
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided on Saturday that it will keep the current 3x21 – three games to 21 points – scoring system for the sport.
The decision was made in the federation’s annual meeting that was held in Bangkok, a day prior to the start of the Thomas and Uber Cup championships.
The meeting was set to determine, among other issues, a new scoring system in response to a proposal made by the BWF Council to change the current 3×21 system to 5x11 (five games to 11 points).
The proposal was overruled by 123 votes out of 252, meaning that it did not receive enough support from the required two-thirds majority.
“Our membership has spoken, and we respect their decision to retain three games to 21 points, though clearly our proposal resonated with a significant section of our membership,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said in a statement made available on the federation’s website, bwfbadminton.com.
In response, Indonesia, which opposed the idea to change the scoring system, was relieved by the final decision.
Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) secretary general Achmad Budiharto said that in general, the decision would still guarantee the sport a spot in the Olympics.
“Too many changes will not make badminton [an] interesting [sport]. Players will find it difficult to adapt, and it can harm the chance for the sport [to stay] in the Olympics,” he said.