• Lee Chong Wei's BWF hearing postponed

    Kuala Lumpur: After the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) was informed that Lee Chong Wei's doping case hearing has been scheduled at Dec 8 in Amsterdam, Mike Morgan, the sports lawyer hired by BAM to represent Lee has requested Badminton World Federation (BWF) to adjourn the hearing to a later date.Lee Chong Wei's anti-doping hearing will be held in Amsterdam

    Lee Chong Wei's anti-doping hearing will be held in Amsterdam

  • Another Not-So-Smart move by BWF

    Kuala Lumpur: Despite good intentions, from constant efforts to change the scoring system of badminton to the "smart idea" of US$400,000 Player Incentive Scheme introduced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Friday, in a bid to make the sport more attractive; these moves showed just how out of touch with reality BWF really is.Out of touch, incompetence and what other terms can I use to describe BWF? Let me know!

    Out of touch, incompetence and what other terms can I use to describe BWF? Let me know!

    The scoring system was changed from 15x3 serve points to 7x5 serve points in 2002; back to 15x3 serve points before the existing rally system from 2005.

  • Potential rule changes in Thomas-Uber Cup Finals

    The events committee of Badminton World Federation (BWF) may try to shorten the format of play in Thomas and Uber Cup finals by reducing the number of events from five to three - one singles and two doubles events. Thomas Cup (left) and Uber Cup

    Thomas Cup (left) and Uber Cup
    BWF will discuss this proposal at this year’s council meeting, which will be held during the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi. Currently, the Finals are decided over three singles and two doubles.
  • Oppa Badminton Style! Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung's suspensions lifted

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Tuesday that after reviewing "new evidence" given by the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), it has reinstated South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medalist Lee Yong-dae and another Korean player Kim Ki-jung. Both players were banned from playing in any tournaments for one year after missing their dope tests. After the decision, they are free to compete at this year's Asian Games.Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Back in January, the BWF suspended them for a year, for violating doping procedures, saying administrative lapses led to three missed drug tests.

  • The 2014 Indian Badminton League will be held from September 30 to Oct 15 (pic)

    After a successful run last year, the Indian Badminton League (IBL) Governing Council announced that this year's IBL will be held from September 30 to October 15.

    This year, the IBL allows its franchisees to strengthen their teams by having 11 players in the rosters last year to up to 13 players this year. Furthermore, each franchisee can pick two more players who can be either from India or from foreign countries, with the hope that this would intensify the competition.Trophy for Indian Badminton League

    Trophy for Indian Badminton League

  • Saina Nehwal drops to No.8 in badminton rankings (pic)

    Saina Nehwal slipped a place to No.8 and is now only a spot ahead of World No.9 Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who despite her first round exit from All-England Open Badminton Championships last week, still retained the position.Saina Nehwal

    New Delhi:  The quarter-final exit at the All-England Open Badminton Championships last week has led India's leading shuttler Saina Nehwal dropping a place to No.8 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released on Thursday.

  • Malaysia's Women's Badminton Team Make It to The Uber Cup

    KUALA LUMPUR: It was a pleasant surprise for national doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo when she found out that Malaysia have qualified on merit for the Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.

    In the list, released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last week, Malaysia’s women’s team qualified by virtue of being the 12th-ranked team out of the 16 qualifiers for the Finals. The Korean women's badminton team celebrating with the Uber Cup trophy after shocking China in the final in KL in 2010.

    “At one point, we thought we would not make it as some of our players’ rankings had dropped,” said Vivian, who forms the nation’s No. 1 women’s doubles partnership with Woon Khe Wei.

    “This is the first year that teams are qualifying based on overall ranking and thankfully, it has worked out well for us.”

    Two years ago, Malaysia did not feature in the Finals in Wuhan when they did not make the cut via the qualifying tournament in Taiwan.

    This year though, the BWF have scrapped the qualifying tournament and instead, the 16 teams have been chosen based on their March 5 world ranking.

    According to BWF’s new format of qualification, the defending champions and hosts are exempted if they are ranked within the top 14, which then allows the next best team to qualify.

  • Dong-keun stepping up to the challenge (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: South Korea were struck a hard blow when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) slapped Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung with a one-year suspension for failing to file their whereabouts which led to missed dope tests.

    With the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, in September, it was definitely a big blow.

    Especially with Yong-dae being a favourite to deliver a gold medal.Lee Dong-keun in a file photo. He beat Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the All-England, 17-21, 21-16, 21-16.

  • Only two singles players per country for Olympics: BWF (pic)

    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.Tey Seu Bock hopes that Malaysia’s singles players will grab the opportunity and do well to improve their world rankings to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

    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).

  • Badminton International Challenge kicks off in Lingshui of China

    Badminton World Federation (BWF) International Challenge kicked off on Feb. 12 in Lingshui of Hainan Province.

    The tournament attracts more than 150 players from China, the United States, Malaysia, Hongkong, China.

    Among the top-ranked players competing in the tournament are Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as well as Olympic doubles champion Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

    The tournament will last five days from 12 to 16. And the total prize is 50,000 US dollars.

  • IOC elections at Sochi Olympics includes Badminton Champion (pic)

    Badminton Olympic champion and Badminton World Federation Poul-Erik Hoyer was elected as an International Olympic Committee member before the Olympic Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.Poul-Erik Hoyer became IOC Member

    Zaiqing Yu replaced newly-elected IOC President Thomas Bach as IOC vice president, while Turkey’s Ugur Erdener was elected to the IOC Executice Board, replacing Sam Ramsamy.

    Beatrice Allen, Nicole Hoevertsz and His Royal Highness Tunku were reelected after discussions regarding the preparations for the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games.

  • Singapore Open brought forward to April

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Singapore Open has been brought forward due to a hectic season in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar this year.

    Instead of June, the fifth leg of the Superseries will be held from April 8-13 and it will coincide with the World Junior Championships, which will be hosted in Alor Setar from April 7-18. 

    The Singapore dates had to be moved because some of the players will be involved in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and it will be followed by the World Championships from Aug 25-31.

  • Badminton rankings: Saina Nehwal rises to No.7, PV Sindhu re-enters top-10 (pic)

    India Grand Prix Gold champion Saina Nehwal overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying to take the No.7 position. Meanwhile, PV Sindhu entered the top-10 for the second time in her career.

    Bolstered by the India Grand Prix Gold triumph Sunday, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal jumped two places to No.7 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released Thursday.Saina climbs up to 7th place, Sindhu at 10th in world badminton ranking

    Saina overtook German Juliane Schenk and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying to rise up the ladder.

  • Wee Kiong finds no joy in Korean players’ suspension (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The one-year suspension imposed on two of South Korea’s top men’s doubles shuttlers – Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung – should be good news to all their rivals.

    But not to Malaysian doubles shuttler Tan Wee Kiong.Tan Wee Kiong is not one to rejoice in someone else's suffering as he feels sympathetic towards the suspended Korean duo Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung.

    Instead, he feels that Yong-dae and Ki-jung’s absence will be sorely missed on the international circuit and he hopes that an appeal by the Korean players will prompt the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to reverse the decision.

  • Junior shuttlers may miss out Youth Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may end up with the smallest number of entries for the badminton competition in the Youth Olympic Games this year if they do not start sending their juniors out in the next three months.

    Only boys’ singles shuttler Cheam June Wei is in the running for a spot based on his standing in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) junior rankings.

  • Saina slips to ninth in world badminton rankings (pic)

    A second round loss at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier last week saw India’s Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal drop a place to No.9 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Saina Nehwal has a good chance to climb up once again if she progresses to the semifinals or final of the ongoing India Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow.

    The Olympic bronze medallist, however, has a good chance to climb up once again if she progresses to the semifinals or final of the ongoing India Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow.

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