10-12-2005

Sinchew

為國際羽聯“搬新家”助興
前羽球明星雲集吉隆坡

一批已絕跡國際賽場多年的球星,週六早上齊集在蕉賴吉隆坡羽球館,為國際羽球聯合會“搬新家”助興。

曾經風光無限的奧運會與世界冠軍得主──包括中國的李永波、田秉毅、關渭貞、印尼的魏仁芳與王蓮香夫婦、丹麥的賀耶拉申、韓國的方銖賢等人的蒞臨,國際羽聯為總部搬遷舉行的啟用儀式生色不少。

前首相敦馬哈迪夫人──有大馬羽球之母之稱的敦茜蒂哈斯瑪醫生,週六下午在韓國籍會長姜榮中、來自大馬的第一副會長古納蘭、國際羽球大使葉蒨文等陪同下,應邀主持上述啟用儀式。

除了讓幾乎已經忘了比賽是甚麼滋味的昔日球星再次上場獻藝,這個場合也為他們提供了敘舊的機會。

國際羽聯的總部從英國的切爾登納姆遷至吉隆坡,週五起為期3天的理事會議是遷址以來首次召開的會議,出席的會員踴躍。

The Star Online

New scoring format for Thomas Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Next year's Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in Japan will use a 21-point rally scoring format. Hong Kong celebrity Sally Yeh is now the world badminton's ambassador. And India will host the World Championships for the first time.

These were among some interesting decisions made during the International Badminton Federation (IBF) council meeting at the Istana Hotel here yesterday.

In an effort to popularise the sport and be television-friendly, the council decided that the new 21-point best-of-three games will be experimented with from Feb 1 in all IBF tournaments that offers world ranking points.

After the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in Japan from April 28-May 7, the council will decide if the scoring format is successful and should be adopted for all their tournaments, including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

IBF event committee chairman Paisan Rangsikitpho said: We have decided to try the rally point scoring system from Feb 1 for both the men and the women. This is in line with our efforts to improve the presentation of the game.

A final decision will be made on whether to use scoring format on a permanent basis at the next council meeting in Japan.

Under these formats, a point is awarded for a rally won and whoever scores the point holds service. For the doubles, the winner of a rally holds service but there will be no second server.

There will be only breaks at the 11th point for all the events. Apart from that break, players will have to stay inside the court whenever play is stopped. Time will not be wasted and duration of a match can be shortened, he said.

In an effort to bring in the crowd, the IBF have also decided to inject entertainment into the sport.

Sally has been named the new IBF ambassador.

We also want our sport to entertain the crowd. Sally will be the right person to promote this game. She is loved by the public and has a great following, said council member Eraj Wijesinghe.

Meanwhile, India have been named as the host for the 2009 World Championships, the first time the country will host the meet.

Spain is hosting the world meet next year while Malaysia will host it in 2007.

Jakarta will host the 2008 Thomas-Uber Cup Final while the Sudirman Cup will be held in Guangzhou.


Compiled at Sally Yeh: The Effervescent Queen of Pop
http://www.sallyeh.net