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Thomas Cup

Lin Dan sees no point in altering badminton's scoring system

Chinese great says there's nothing wrong with current methods

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 9:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 9:46am

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.

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

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.

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 didn’t appear for another eight months until last month, when he won the China Masters and Asian championship.

This week, he’s trying to help China win a record sixth straight Thomas Cup. China has topped its group. Lin wouldn’t commit on Wednesday to saying if he will enter the world championships in August, or Asian Games in September, but he hinted he will play more this year.

“Success is not judged by just success in a particular championship. As of now, I want to focus on this weekend. I just want to play my game,” Lin said.

His inactivity has dropped him to 58th in the rankings.

“I’d like to finish in the top eight by the end of this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, a star-studded Chinese women’s team scored an easy 5-0 victory over Taiwan to top Group W in the Uber Cup.

World No. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerei took just 30 minutes to dispose of Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 21-12 in the opener as China continued its quest for an eighth title in nine tournaments.

World No. 2 Wang Shixian defeated Lee Chia Hsin 21-8, 21-10 and world No. 3 Wang Yihan rallied to beat Pai Yu Po 18-21, 21-17, 21-11. China remains the most feared team ahead of the quarter-final draw.

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