In what way is it a step backward ? On the contrary, it's a step forward. I'm sure BWF and the badminton world at large are thankful, even grateful, that Guangzhou, China, is offering to host the BWF World Tour for the following four years, 2018 to 2021, and that for an increased prize money of USD 1.5 million. It's a load off BWF's mind and I believe all professional players welcome it. Who else can commit to such an undertaking? I'm afraid Dubai is no longer such a good place if you've read about the cost-cutting measures and shrinking budget for the last SSF 2017.