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Adcock and Ouseph support line call challenge plans
ENGLAND’S world mixed doubles silver medallist Chris Adcock and Commonwealth men's singles silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph today praised the BWF’s plans to introduce a review system at OSIM BWF World Superseries tournaments.
Adcock, who is in New Delhi this week for the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Superseries event, said: “The review system coming into badminton makes this such an exciting time for our sport.
“It will not only bring the athletes a sense of security with line calls, but will also create excitement and extra entertainment for the crowd and the TV audiences.
“I can't wait to use the system and make it another part of our amazing sport.”
Adcock won't have long to wait. The BWF plan to trial it at the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier event in June following a test of the review system at the Sudirman Cup next month.
And for British badminton fans, the introduction of the challenge system will take next March's Yonex All England Open Championships, one of the five Premier events in Superseries, to a new level of excitement and drama.
No wonder Ouseph said: "I think the review system will be very good for the sport. It will make it more exciting and crowd interactive. I hope it catches on like it has in other sports."
At this stage it is intended that players will be allowed two challenges but this may be amendedgoing forward, once the review ystem is adopted for Superseries.
Other sports, like tennis, cricket and rugby league have benefited from reviews and TV replays and football is set to introduce overdue goal-line technology.
BWF Deputy President and Chair of the Events Committee, Paisan Rangsikitpho, explained this will be a progressive development for the BWF World Superseries and badminton overall.
“There will be a test set-up at next month’s Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur and thereafter the intention is to go live at the Indonesian Open. We are obviously still in an experimental phase so we will likely not implement instant-review technology in all tournaments right now.”
Scotland’s Emma Mason, new Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, hailed the instant review system as “an important development for our players and for badminton as a whole.
“The inclusion of such modern technology brings badminton into line with leading sports such as tennis and football, which are already using or implementing this type of system.
"The Athletes’ Commission looks forward to working closely with the players and the BWF to ensure the instant review system is a successful and valuable introduction to our sport.”