The Badminton World Federation will adopt a new structure for its world team championships "in an attempt to bolster the sport's global television appeal." The new format will begin in '14, seeing the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup men's and women's world championships expand from 12 to 16 teams. Qualification to the competitions will be based on a new world rankings system, rather than regional championships (AP, 6/11).
PAY YOUR DUES: The XINHUA NEWS AGENCY reported that Sri Lanka is "considering imposing a temporary ban" on national athletes who refuse to represent the country at any given time. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that the amendments will be introduced at the local level to give room for sporting bodies to implement the ban (XINHUA, 6/11).