IBF to return to old scoring method

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> International Badminton Federation (IBF) says it will revert to the best-of-three up to 15 points format.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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The International Badminton Federation (IBF) said today it would end its experiment with a radical new scoring system and revert to its former best-of-three up to 15 points format. Badminton has been experimenting with a change in scoring at Grand Prix events and major tournaments since 2001. Under the new system, matches were played under a best-of-five up to seven point format or "5x7" for both men and women. However, following an IBF council meeting to consider a total of five possible options to transform badminton's scoring system, a majority of the 20 attending members had voted in favour of ending the experiment, said IBF president Corn Dabbaransi at a press conference. Dabbaransi said 12 of the 20 members who attended the meeting had voted by secret ballot in favour of reverting to the old system of best-of three up to 15 points for men and men's doubles and up to 11 points for women singles matches. However, the women's doubles and mixed doubles matches will now be best-of-three up to 11 instead of 15 as it was before the IBF introduced the current new scoring format at the Swiss Open last year. "After having had the experiment, it was apparent the majority of the members still favoured the old scoring system," he said. As a result, the new changes "will be put into effect on August 1 this year", said Dabbaransi. (PTI)