Badminton World Federation will review its crammed schedule which included the participation of top-ranked players in the minimum of 12 tournaments in the calendar year. This was announced when many top-ranked players pulled out of the India Open due to the tight schedule in the calendar year.
BWF had launched a new calendar for 2018 with the compulsory participation of the top-ranked players in both singles and doubles events in a minimum of 12 tournaments. This rule has already faced a lot of criticism from the players across the globe as they don't get ample time to give their body a rest. With the likes of Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying pulling out of the India Open at the last moment, questions are being raised over the tight schedule of the BWF 2018 calendar. Though Axelsen pulled out due to an injury, Tai pulled out of the tournament due to fatigue issues.
Looking into the widespread criticism about the crammed up schedule, BWF vice-president Vishu Toolan said, "I know there are lots of matches and we are not going to disregard the feedback of the players. We understand it is a tough tour and we are listening. We would be reviewing it," PTI quoted Toolan as saying.
"We have brought in some really big sponsorships. We want to establish a viable tour from which all players can benefit. We have to try to maximize their earning potential by exposing them to more matches. But we are also not going to sacrifice the players. BWF meets twice a year and we would be looking at it be in May at Bangkok. I am not saying that we would change it but it will come up for discussion," added Toolan.
The new format that replaced the 10-year-old format includes the Super1000, Super750 and Super 500 categories.
Toolan explained this change saying, "For 10 years, we had super series, it is a long time. We need to change because we don't have a perfect system or a perfect solution.”