KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Tey Seu Bock lauds a move by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to limit the number of singles players from each country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to only two.
At the last Olympic Games in London in 2012, BWF allowed each country to have a maximum of three singles players if all of them were ranked in the top eight in the world.
That rule benefited China which saw them parading Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin in the men’s singles and Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan in the women’s singles.
China were the only country to have a maximum of three players at the last edition, which gave them a slight advantage.
Under the new qualifications ruling for the Rio Olympic Games, a country can have a maximum of two players if both of them are ranked in the top 16 after a one-year qualifying period (up till May 1, 2016).