TheStar Dec 11 KUALA LUMPUR: There were mixed responses from the Olympic Games gold medallists on the International Badminton Federation’s (IBF) move to try out the 21-point rally scoring format in all world ranking tournaments from February next year. Yesterday, Indonesian couple Alan Budi Kusuma and Susi Susanti, who were the 1992 men’s and women’s singles gold medallist at the Barcelona Games; and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games women’s singles champions Bang Soo-hyun of South Korea tried out the system during the official opening ceremony of the new IBF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Atlanta Games men’s champion Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen was also present but did not play during the simple opening officiated by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Others present during the ceremony were IBF’s newly-appointed ambassador Sally Yeh of Hong Kong, local singer D.J. Dave, Indonesian actress Mia El Dabo and Indian Bollywood star Aftab Shivdasani Susi, who played in a mixed doubles match, took time to get adjusted to the new system. “I have not played under this new format before. I am just a little confused. There is no time to rest because the service changes hands at every point,” said the 34-year-old, who was inducted into the IBF’s Hall of Fame last year. Her chubby husband Alan was also on uncharted waters with the new format and said: “I have been out of touch of badminton for a while now. This is certainly very new for me. But it could be good if the change brings better coverage for the game.” The lanky Soo-hyun seemed more excited about the new format and concluded: “It only takes a little time to get adjusted to it.” The blue-eyed Hoyer-Larsen was more analytical. “I have played under this format back at home. I support this change. One has to react at each point and the level of concentration is very high. It certainly brings the game to a higher level,” he said. “The match will be shortened by 20-30% with this new scoring system. But I would have preferred to have five games instead of three.” Under the 21-point format, a point is awarded for a rally won and whoever scores the point holds service. A match will go to deuce at 20-20. The side getting two consecutive points wins the game. If the game is tied at 29-all, the side scoring the 30th point wins the game. For the doubles, the winner of a rally holds service but there will be no second server. Meanwhile, national chief coach Yap Kim Hock welcomed the use of the 21-point rally scoring for next year's Thomas-Uber Cup Finals. “It will be new for everyone and there is a chance for anyone to win the Cup. It will be an open game. We will concentrate on the new scoring format in February. We will focus on the All-England now (Jan 17-22),” he said. When IBF last experimented the seven-point in best-of-five-games scoring format at the 2002 Thomas Cup Finals in Guangzhou, Malaysia finished as the runners-up.