It find it very disturbing that whoever becomes the "World Champion" this year is not really the true "World Champion" in MS. This is because there is a very capable player - Lin Dan -that is not part of this competition that is capable of beating whoever the MS World Champion is. Watch LD's recent tournaments and arguably, he is probably a top 2 player in the world, only losing to Jan O' Jorgensen. In fact, LD's ranking today is #9 and nobody doubts that his ranking will continue to climb. But put aside his ranking for a moment. The closest major sport to badminton, Tennis, often uses wild cards: In 2001, Goran Ivanišević won the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championships having been handed a wild-card entry by the organising All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. At the time, he was ranked World No.125.[SUP][/SUP] In 2009, Kim Clijsters won the US Open tournament, after receiving a wild-card entry. It was her first Grand Slam tournament since announcing her comeback to the sport, having first retired in 2007 to start a family.[SUP][/SUP] In 2012, Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen won the Wimbledon Men's Doubles after being selected as a wildcard. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_card_(sports)#Professional_tennis) Tennis has no problem issuing wild cards to capable players because the organizers know the players they select for wild cards are very capable of winning the tournament. You can Google "tennis wildcard" and you will see in the latest news, they continue to hand wild cards left and right in the world of tennis. Hey, guess what? BWF also gave a wild card to a player last year for the World Championship and not surprisingly, he also won the tournament! In the three tennis example above, in 2001, 2009, and 2012, none of the wild card winners were the champion the year before. Hmm, but this year in badminton, the defending champion of MS will get to laugh at the "fake" World Champion because in his heart, he knows he could mop the floor of whoever becomes the eventual World Champion. Unfortunately, he can't prove that he can mop the floor of whoever becomes the eventual World Champion because BWF won't give him a wild card Let's move on to football. In the World Cup, the defending champion was always given a "wild card" or automatic for the next World Cup up until 2002. FIFA's reasoning was that 4 years is too long of a time for the defending champion to maintain their form, especially since entire team rosters can largely change during that 4 year period (I disagree strongly with FIFA since countries that manage to win the World Cup will be competitive 4 years down the road). The problem we have in badminton is that the defending champion just won last year, not 4 years ago. LD's game has not had a huge drop from last year. In my heart and in the hearts of many more badminton fans around the world, we will think the "World Champion" this year is really the runner-up to the "true World Champion" who gets to watch the event from his TV at home. Maybe BWF should rename this year's event to BWF "Runner Up to World Champion" and that would be much more accurate. So why not change the rules to allow for automatic qualification for the defending champion? There are 64 spots. #64 has no chance of winning and frankly, if I were #64 and lost my spot to the defending champion, I would not feel bad because that means I need to improve my game even more so that I am well beyond #64 for next year. Put it this way, if Muhammad Ahsan were injured and his ranking with Hendra Setiawan dropped before the WC started such that Ahsan/Setiawan did not have the ranking points to qualify for the WC, but Muhammad Ahsan managed to regain 100% fitness before the WC started, would you not want to see Ahsan/Setiawan defend their title?