Badminton scoring system stirs debate

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Some of the world's finest shuttlers are all set for the Thomas and Uber Cup ties in Jaipur after their month-long camp.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Some of the world's finest shuttlers are in Jaipur for the Thomas and Uber Cup ties. Teams from 13 countries, including half of the world's top-10 players, are competing in Jaipur for a ticket in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals to be held in Japan in April. The Indians are upbeat for the games, as they look forward to the home court advantage. They say they will also benefit from the new scoring system, which awards points after every rally even on the opponent's serve. Stamina factor The games will be now shorter, and stamina will no longer be a decisive factor. "The duration of the matches will come down and that will work to our advantage," said Vimal Kumar, the Indian coach. "As the game will be shortened, I can play my strokes and attack much more than what I used to do in the old format. I think the new system will be a big help," said India Number One Chetan Anand. Contrasting views However, players from major badminton powerhouses like Indonesia and Malaysia are upset with the change in the rules, which they say will ruin badminton's original charm. They now plan to build a consensus among the world's top players to try and get the new rules revoked. "There will be a lot of confusion for the players. The minute you relax, you will give points to your opponent even if it's your own serve," said World Number six player Wang Cho Han. But the contrasting views will not be a dampener for badminton buffs in Jaipur, who are looking forward to some great action as their city hosts a Thomas Cup and Uber Cup event after 36 years.

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