BWF rejects the former World No. 1’s suggestion; Know more here

Lee Chong Wei is of the opinion that the BWF calendar should be cut short. This will ensure that there will be quality players in the circuit.

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By Soumya | May 30, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Badminton is a very tournament-intensive game. Each year there are a plethora of tournaments. The year calendar is stuffed with super series, BWF 500 tournaments and a ton of Grand Prix to name a few. These tournaments add a lot of accolades to the playing career of the sports persons. However, participating in the tournament after the tournament leads to much more chances of injury for the players. Recently, Viktor Axelsen who is currently the World No. 1 had to pull out due to injury in the Sudirman Cup. Thinking about all these circumstances, the former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei recently advised the BWF to reduce tournaments in its calendar year.

What was the opinion of the former World No. 1?

Lee Chong Wei is of the opinion that the BWF calendar should be cut short. This will ensure that there will be quality players in the circuit. It will also ensure less injury to the players who are at it throughout the year. Proper rest is a prerequisite to any game. If the calendar is stashed with such a heavy schedule then it becomes difficult for the players to undergo rehabilitation.

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What does the BWF president say?

Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer does not think that the competitions organised by the federation in the existing tournament calendar should be reduced. Instead, he thinks what BWF needed to do was to create a tournament system like a “ladder” by rearranging all competitions according to priority. Hoyer said at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, “I think actually we are so strong right now so we can start discussing which tournament we should do for the very best and which tournament should we set as second tier and third tier.” “I also believe that this will allow the younger generation to actually earn a little bit of money from the star.” Hoyer has also mentioned that Lee is not the first player who commented on changing the BWF calendar. “We are also listening to the input coming from other experienced players,” said the 1996 Atlanta Olympics men’s singles gold medalist.

Earlier in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Badminton Asia and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) here. This was signed in front of Hoyer who was a witness to this MoU.

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