. Greetings, I have just received this news released today, Saturday 5-April-2008: Releasing the draw on the eve of a Badminton tournament Perhaps, our members here at Badminton Central can vote on this practice suggested by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Poll: Releasing the draw on the eve of a Badminton tournament: (1) Vote for it (2) Vote against it Below is the article saying that BWF is wishing to try it. ====== ====== start article ====== ====== Saturday April 5, 2008 The Star Badminton: A first for ABC meet By Rajes Paul PETALING JAYA: For the first time ever, shuttlers competing in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) will not know who their opponents are until the eve of the tournament. This is because the draw for the ABC meet, scheduled to be held from April 15-20 in Johor Baru, will only be conducted during the team managers' meeting on April 14. The ABC is the last tournament offering Asian players the chance to win Olympic qualifying points. Yesterday, Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) chief operating officer (COO) Karen Koh said that they decided to hold the draw a day before the tournament to make it more exciting. Another reason was to avoid changes and replacements in the draw due to last-minute withdrawals. “Sometimes, re-draws have to be done because the seeded players withdraw at the eleventh hour. This time, the draw will only be done after the team managers have confirmed their players’ entries,” said Karen. “We are trying this out for the first time in a BAC tournament after the executive council gave us the nod. We also asked the hosts – the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) – and they agreed, saying it was a good idea.” “The draw will be conducted during the team managers’ meeting and everyone will get to see how it is done. This will leave no room for people to question the validity of the draw.”* Karen said that this (releasing the draw on the eve of a tournament) could become a permanent practice in the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Super Series events if the badminton fraternity welcomed it. On the entries of the players for the ABC, she said the list would be released today. “The world's best will be coming to Malaysia to compete in this meet. We are determining the seedings of the players based on the latest world rankings. The BAC will release the full cast tomorrow,” she said. National No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who is aiming to regain the title which he last won in 2006, will spearhead Malaysia challenge. ====== ====== end article ====== ====== What do you think and how would you vote? Perhaps kwun could organise a poll on this issue. Cheers... chris@ccc .