'Badminton point changes not good'

China's Olympic gold medalist not pleased with the points-system changes being contemplated by the world federation.

    Lin Dan won gold in the 2012 London Olympics [AFP]
    Lin Dan won gold in the 2012 London Olympics [AFP]

    Badminton great Lin Dan is opposed to a change in the points system being contemplated by the world federation in a bid to make the sport more attractive.

    Scoring has most recently been changed in 2002 and 2006. Since then, a match is best-of-three games up to 21 points each. But the BWF is keen to up "the intensity and excitement", while reducing the length of matches, and has proposed discussing alternative scoring at a forum on Friday on the sidelines of the Thomas and Uber Cups.

    "I feel changing the points system frequently is not good for the game," Lin said. "There does not seem to be anything wrong with the system."

    The federation has offered three options: Two games up to 21 points with another to 11; three games up to 15 points; or five games up to nine points.

    Lin went into semi-retirement after winning his second Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games. He took nearly a year off before returning to win his fifth world title last year, then did not appear for another eight months until last month, when he won the China Masters and Asian championship.

    This week, he wil ltry to help China win a record sixth straight Thomas Cup.

    SOURCE: AP


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