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BWF Unlikely to Introduce Artificial Shuttlecocks Subsequent 12 months, Pullela Gopichand Feels It Will not Be Possible

Badminton Shuttlecocks (Photo Credit: AP)
Badminton Shuttlecocks (Photo Credit: AP)

Badminton Shuttlecocks (Photograph Credit score: AP)

Badminton World Federation had accredited again in January this yr using artificial feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned worldwide tournaments of all ranges from 2021.

  • PTI New Delhi
  • Final Up to date: Could 15, 2020, 11:59 PM IST

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is unlikely to go forward with its plans of introducing artificial shuttlecocks subsequent yr in worldwide tournaments within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January this yr, the world physique had accredited using artificial feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned worldwide tournaments of all ranges from 2021.

The shuttlecocks at the moment in use are normally made from goose or duck feathers.

Nevertheless, Vikram Dhar, nation head Yonex Dawn (India), feels the introduction is ready to be delayed by one other yr as a result of coronavirus outbreak which has compelled a suspension of all badminton tournaments, hitting the business exhausting.

“That may take time, it’d take a yr extra,” Dhar instructed PTI when requested if he sees the artificial shuttle being launched in 2021.

The primary artificial shuttlecock, which is made from plastic as an alternative of precise feathers, accredited by BWF was developed with the technological cooperation of Yonex. The corporate additionally dealt with testing of assorted prototypes through the growth section of the challenge.

Speaking concerning the challenges forward, he stated: “There won’t be many occasions or actions in subsequent few months. Many academies and camps aren’t functioning correctly now. So, total business will take a success. It’s a wait and watch state of affairs for everybody.

“We now have to see how market will behave, how aggressive sports activities resumes once more.”

India’s chief nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand additionally feels it will not be possible to introduce the artificial shuttle subsequent yr however he helps the brand new know-how.

“I feel could also be for the subsequent Olympics I do not know the way possible it might be to introduce it since we hardly have any time however I feel we’ve to get artificial shuttles in the long run,” Gopichand stated.

“I do know it’s a drawback in the meanwhile however we have to go away from pure feather as a result of we had up to now skilled H1N1. It would assist the sport total, at any time when it occurs.”

The thought of transferring away from conventional feather shuttlecocks has additionally led to some issues amongst gamers and coaches, who’re elevating questions on the standard of the artificial shuttles.

Gopichand stated: “It is going to be an issue for gamers to regulate initially. It would change the sport in a roundabout way which we aren’t certain of, whether or not it is a bonus or drawback for our nation, we do not know.

“However with all the issues additionally, I’m for artificial shuttles as a result of pure feather will not be a long run resolution particularly with the pricing, form of rules, so at some stage in time we’ve to simply accept it.

“It’s mainly a know-how so one or two years down the road, it can behave higher and we are going to produce higher shuttles.”

World Championships bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth believes it can give a bonus to attacking gamers.

“I do not assume they may introduce it subsequent yr now with the Olympics being postponed as a result of coronavirus. They could begin it from 2022,” he stated.

“…the standard of the game will go down. You’ll be able to’t management it, you’ll be able to’t play loads of strokes with artificial shuttle. It would give benefit to attacking gamers. It is going to be robust to manage. It would take lot of observe to get used to it.”

India’s males’s doubles participant Chirag Shetty feels artificial shuttle is inevitable but it surely ought to be launched step by step within the worldwide circuit.

“…the method must be gradual in order that gamers get used to it. Whether it is immediately launched in greater occasions then it can have an effect on the sport.

“It might probably assist attacking gamers, as a result of it is perhaps tough to manage. Attacking gamers will rush to the web and watch for the carry to attain factors.

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