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01-25-2010, 12:15 AM #1
Two Tier Super Series Proposed
Monday January 25, 2010
BWF plan two-tier Super Series tourney to popularise game
THE Badminton World Federation (BWF) may introduce an interesting two-tier Super Series tournament for the year 2011-2013 in a bid to popularise the sport.
And this time, they are likely to use a carrot-and-stick approach to raise the status of their premier event.
There will be a lot of incentives for the players. At the same time, punishment will be meted out to players who take the world body for a ride by withdrawing without a good reason or for manipulating the draw.
Yesterday, the BWF deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho said that exciting times were in store for the players and badminton fans.
He said that the Super Series committee on Saturday had looked into many details to improve the way they present their tournaments.
And the proposals from this meeting will be presented during the BWF council meeting during the Thomas Cup Finals in May at Kuala Lumpur.
“It was a positive meeting. Our findings on the Super Series over the last three years showed that there were some inconsistencies,” said Paisan, who turned up to watch the final action of the Malaysian Open at Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“Withdrawal of top players take the shine from the tournament. And we are looking into ways to make it better. We may not pursue our plan to have a Grand Slam Finals. But we are looking at introducing a two-tier Super series.
“The first tier may consist of three or four Opens. These tournaments will offer lucrative prize money and we will look into a professional way to run the event. The presentation will be creative to attract the fans,” he said.
Currently, the BWF are hosting a 12-leg Super Series, which kicked off in 2007. Every season culminates with the Super Series Masters Finals in December.
“Few countries like Vietnam, Macau, United States, the Philippines and Australia are interested to host the Super Series. We will review the current 12 hosts and decide on the future hosts.
Paisan said that the world body was serious in curbing the withdrawal of players without a valid reason.
“Our findings also showed that there is a trend of top players not participating in the Super Series. We will come out with a guide line and create rules to penalise them if we find that their reason for pulling out is not justified.”
01-25-2010, 12:16 AM #2
Higher prize money for international circuit
In a bid to popularise the Super Series circuit, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has come up with a two-tier system where the total prize money of a Super Series event can be as high as US$500,000 (RM1.7 million).
BWF deputy president Paisarn Rangsikitpho said that Tier One, with a minimum total prize money of US$400,000, will involve four main tournaments in a calendar year while the Tier Two will have eight tournaments.
"The two-tier system is on. We have to get the expression of interest from the member nations and a final decision will be made in March," said Paisarn yesterday.
"There will also be changes in rules and punishment for late withdrawals will also be implemented. Everything will be finalised after we get feedback from our members."
The brand name Super Series will remain and the new tier system will start from next year and will run for three years.
BWF has also made it clear that new countries are open to bid for new Super Series tournaments.
The Tier Two Super Series events will have a minimum total prize money of US$200,000.
The Tier One tournaments will be compulsory for top players and the number of tournaments they will have to compete in have yet to be decided.
BWF, in an effort to cut down on the recent spate of late withdrawals from the World Super Series Masters Finals, which involves the top eight singles players and doubles on the Super Series circuit, will be offering world ranking points for the qualifiers.
This is to ensure that the best, especially from China, will compete in the World Super Series Masters Finals which has turned into a sideshow the last two years.
11-10-2010, 02:02 AM #3
Indeed BWF fulfilled this!
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