11-25-2007, 09:24 PM #18
BWF should make an appropriate action to handle this.
11-25-2007, 09:30 PM #19
Just scrap the SS Final. No date, no place, no sponsor, no China, no point.
This shows just how badly managed WBF is. Apparently the current adminstrators are not good enough to bring badminton to the new height.
If they really love the game, they should let other more capable to run the organisation. I still remember the case of fixing the BWF HQ early this year, yet there is no closure to it.
11-25-2007, 10:00 PM #20
At least LYB has made a valid point - hectic year-round schedule with 12 SS, WC or OG, SC or TC/UC ... that means 14 world-class events per year (and I'm not counting AG or continental championships). Top players are worn up and yet no more quality training. Really, no point having SS Finals unless they cut down at least 2 SS tournaments.
11-25-2007, 10:29 PM #21
11-25-2007, 10:37 PM #22
BWF probably needs more communication with team's coach and players before scheduling for the future years, 14 world class event year round is not realistic by any means.
11-25-2007, 11:05 PM #23
11-25-2007, 11:13 PM #24
It's good news of course for others to grab huge money and win title but this SS Final will be losing of interest because like or dislike CHN is the superpower in badminton world right now. Just imagine World Cup without Brazil or Germany, certainly there's something missing...
Yeah, Beijing OG is everything for CHN including their badminton squad as one of China gold priority sport.
11-25-2007, 11:27 PM #25
the Super Series is still relatively new and BWF has not really made it a desirable tournament to play in except for the prize money. prize money is usually a good incentive for countries to attend but unfortunately they happened to bump into Olympics qualification year. as a result, badminton countries who have exhausted player and don't have too much incentive for the prize money probably will not attend.
11-26-2007, 02:03 AM #26
11-26-2007, 02:12 AM #27
11-26-2007, 02:28 AM #28
Finale to badminton Super Series in chaos
Wednesday • November 21, 2007
The finale to world badminton's flagship Super Series has been thrown into chaos after host Qatar failed to live up to its obligations and second choice Malaysia was ruled out as an alternative.
This week's China Masters and next week's Hong Kong Open will bring to an end a successful inaugural year for the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Super Series circuit.
It is due to culminate in the Masters Final in Qatar from December 18-23 but the gas-rich nation failed to get enough sponsorship to underpin the event.
The alternative venue, Alor Star in Malaysia, has also been ruled out as the dates clash with the Hari Raya Haji, a Muslim ceremony celebrating the Haj pilgrimage.
"BWF has been advised that the finals were planned for December 18-23 in Qatar but have now been advised a switch of date and venue is necessary," said chair of BWF's events committee Anne Smillie.
"We have been advised that the anticipated sponsorship from Qatar, which would have underpinned the Masters, has not been achieved and Alor Star has been put forward as an alternative venue.
"But the proposed new dates of December 18-22 will not be possible because Malaysia's religious ceremony of Hari Raya Haji falls on December 20."
She said the federation remained in "close and urgent" discussions with Qatar to try to resolve the problems.
BWF executive deputy president Punch Gunalan added: "We are delighted with the success of the first 10 tournaments in this new 12-event circuit.
"Naturally BWF is aware of the frustration of our member associations regarding the Super Series Masters Final. We would like to stress that we are working hard to ensure the tournament proceeds and that all the players who qualify for the Masters have adequate time to prepare."
The BWF revamped its tour this year to create the Super Series, reducing the seeds for major tournaments to eight and the number of players in the main draw to 32.
They also changed the rules so that players from the same country can be in the same half of the draw, in an attempt to make the game more competitive. — AFP
11-26-2007, 03:01 AM #29
LYB conning and cunning as usual to the media.
11-26-2007, 03:07 AM #30
11-26-2007, 03:13 AM #31
11-26-2007, 08:20 AM #32
11-26-2007, 09:27 AM #33
11-26-2007, 10:14 AM #34
An easy way for BWF to solve this issue would just be to award big ranking points on the SS finals.. Then it would hurt CHNs OG plans to not participate..
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