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SBD Global/October 23, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Badminton Proposes Line Technology, New Olympic Format

Badminton World Federation President Paisan Rangsikitpho said that badminton "is likely to have its own technology," similar to Hawk-Eye in tennis, for players to challenge line calls, according to THE STAR. Rangsikitpho, also the chairman of the BWF Council Events Committee, said that BWF has "come up with a few proposals after several meetings," including the introduction of instant replay technology. The suggestions include "an improved format for the Olympic Games badminton competitions," as well as an introduction of a new repackaged badminton series, the Grand Prix Gold series, "which will offer lucrative money for the second echelon players." Rangsikitpho: "We are finally making the proposal for the use of this technology. We are not adopting Hawk-Eye but are looking into investing in similar technology -- a combination of human and new scientific methods by an American company." Rangsikitpho said that next year's Olympic Games format would see some changes, following this year's disqualification of several teams for throwing their matches. Rangsikitpho: "We will stick with our group format as it was successful as we saw many quality matches. However, we are proposing for a fresh draw to be conducted after the group matches, so that there will not be any more loopholes for players to manipulate" (THE STAR, 10/22).
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