Badminton body extends ‘spin serve’ ban until after Paris Olympic Games | Badminton News

KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton governing body extends ban on so-called “turn the serve“until after the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympic Gameshe said Monday.
The new serve style involves a player spinning the shuttlecock before throwing it, making it difficult for the opponent to return.
In May, the world badminton federation (BWF) temporarily banned this style of service, citing the possibility of game disruption.
“After consultation with the badminton community, the BWF Board felt it best to ban ‘spin service’ for another 15 months so as not to impact the Olympic and Paralympic qualifying periods and the Games themselves,” the sport’s organizing body said in a statement. Monday.
BWF General Secretary Thomas Lund praised “the innovation in badminton”, but added that “more evidence was needed on the potential effects” of the service before it was introduced on a large scale.
The decision will be enforced at the 2023 Thailand Open from Tuesday, the BWF said.
Backing the ban, Malaysian Badminton Association general secretary Kenny Goh previously said the service could “kill” the game.
Receiving players would struggle to handle an incoming bird because the method creates “erratic flight, so sometimes the feather would go in front instead,” he told AFP.


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