Vastavam web: In order to overcome questionable decisions by service judges, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has decided to test an Experimental Service Law starting at 2017’s All England Open Championships.Criticised by shuttlers and coaches worldwide, including India, for controversial decisions by service judges, BWF will now start the testing in prestigious tournaments, including BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Bangkok and BWF World Championships in Nanjing in 0217.
A proposed change to the Laws of Badminton will be brought before the BWF Annual General Meeting in May to give effect to this testing.It will mandate that “the whole of the shuttle shall be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket”.BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer said: “After various investigations and deliberations, the Council has determined to implement this Experimental Service Law in an effort to improve the application of service laws at BWF tournaments. We hope this will yield positive feedback from our membership.”
Ahead of the testing, the BWF will host a training workshop for BWF Umpire Assessors in Kuala Lumpur in January and thereafter those BWF Umpire Assessors will hold training courses at the continental team championships in February.”Now you end up playing 10 tournaments and in one or two tournaments, one or two umpire decide you are at fault. That is absurd. Because if it is a fault then I think overwhelmingly players should know that it is a fault,” Gopichand told PTI during the Denmark Open.
“Unfortunately the rules are so ambiguous that sometimes some umpires call it and some don’t. So it is time that we have a system in place which is in such a way that every aspect of it is standarised.During the Denmark Open opening round, mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra found themselves at the receiving end of questionable decisions by service judge.Upset with the service judgments, Sikki had vent out her frustration in twitter.