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SBD Global/November 11, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

World Badminton Body To Trial Line-Call Video Review Technology At Superseries

The Badminton World Federation said Friday that the sport will trial "line-call review technology at next month’s Superseries finals," bidding to raise excitement and "stamp out faulty decisions which have caused rows in the past," according to the AFP. Following "similar moves in tennis, cricket, football and rugby, players will have two challenges per match" during the Dec. 11-15 season finale in Kuala Lumpur. The system, using "ultra-slow motion cameras, will be set up on the televised show court." Reviews of line-calls, "or whether the shuttlecock has dropped in or out, will be judged by the match referee." Video reviews were "originally slated to be introduced earlier in the season but they were put on hold after some last-minute hitches." Line-calls are a "common flashpoint in badminton, with players sometimes accusing officials of making erroneous or biased decisions" (AFP, 11/8).
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