The 1.15 meters badminton service rule won’t be used at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Fixed service height experiment device (photo: Badminton England).
Fixed service height experiment device (photo: Badminton England).

Gold Coast: The Badminton’s new service rule, introduced by Badminton World Federation (BWF) at the German Open (3/6/2018 to 3/11/2018) and All-England (3/14/2018 to 3/18/2018), which indicated that the shuttlecocks should below 1.15m from the surface of the court at the moment it touches the server’s racket will not be implemented at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Instead, the service judge will be using the old rules which mandate that the shuttle be kept below the server’s waist at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket. The waist shall be considered an imaginary line round the body, level with the lowest part of the server’s bottom rib.

“The Commonwealth Games Federation and the Badminton World Federation have agreed that the new service rules will not be used during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” announced by the organizers.

The decision would be good news to a lot of shuttlers since badminton players such as Goh V Shem, Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu had been vocal in their criticism of the rule.

Goh V Shem told reporters he was unhappy when he was service faulted for more than 10 times during the German Open; while Kidambi Srikanth had lashed out at the 2018 All England umpiring to be ‘ridiculous’ after being called too many service faults.

India’s queen of badminton PV Sindhu also criticized the BWF for introducing the rule at big-ticket events such as the All England Championships without giving more time for player to adapt to the rule.

Despite complaints from a lot of high-profile shuttlers, BWF have made it clear that the new service rule is here to stay, with possibility that they might increase the height a little bit.

The Commonwealth Games badminton will start the mixed team event on April 5.


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