NEW BADMINTON RULES: Best of three game 21 point system NEW DELHI, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- The headquarters of International Badminton Federation (IBF) will be moved from Cheltenham in the United Kingdom to Kuala Lumpur by December this year. The decision to shift to Kuala Lumpur was taken a year ago, said IBF marketing president Punch Gunalan in an interview in the leading English daily, Hindustan Times. "We took this decision as we felt that the popularity of the sport, the fan-following and the sponsors were all in this part of the world," Gunalan said. "I can tell you that by December we will be moving over to Kuala Lumpur, where a new building will be housing the IBF office," he said. Gunalan also said a new 21-point best-of-three-game format was also in the pipeline to make the sport more television-friendly. "The new 21-point format, used in table tennis, has a major advantage. Every time a player serves he stands to gain a serve. The current rule of time-out unnecessarily prolongs the game. To make the game more TV-friendly, we have to ensure that the duration of the matches is drastically shortened," he added. On average, he said, a men's singles match if it went the full distance could be played for more than an hour and such an extended game did not fit the profile of a TV audience. Asked about time-out between games, Gunalan said: "There is also a difference in time-out under the new system. For instance, now there will be a break of one minute after every eleven points. This comes in place of the two-minute break after 15 points, which is how it stands now. We hope that with this, players will recover faster. "It must be remembered that modern-day badminton is one of the most taxing sports and exerts a lot of pressure on the body. The possibility of a player getting injured is much more now than ever before. Even the fittest of players, like Taufik Hidayat and Chen Hong, were sidelined with injuries. "Therefore, it is in the larger interest of the game that we have decided to shorten the duration of the game. Otherwise, we feel the life span of an active player would be cut considerably. That is something which we have to guard against," he said.