Chinese great Lin Dan on Wednesday opposed Badminton World Federation’s plans to consider a new scoring system and said changing the rules too frequently would not be good for the sport.
“It has been changed quite a lot, from 9, 15 to 21, now changing back. I think this is not the best part of badminton to change the scores time and again,” Lin said.
“I don’t think making changes like this is good for the game. There is nothing wrong with the present system,” the five-time All England champion told reporters on the sidelines of the Thomas and Uber Cup here.
The BWF is mulling changing the scoring system to one of the three alternative systems -- two games of 21, three games of 15 points and five games of 9 points.
Robbed off a chance to defend his title after the BWF decided against giving any wild card for the World Championships, the five-time winner said he was eyeing the top-8 slot by this year.
Lin was given a wild card entry for the 2013 World Championships in Guangzhou and the two-time Olympic champion went on to beat his biggest rival Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Last month, Lin made a successful return to the court after a eight-month lay-off, winning the China Masters and Badminton Asia Championships title.
The 30-year-old said he wanted to play in the World Championships.
“I wanted to play in the world championships but this is the format of the game. I am not arguing about that. I respect the format, but I think as a professional player, it’s not right to judge your success by just one world championships. I just want to play my game,” Lin said at the Siri Fort complex.
“I want to finish within top 8 in the world rankings by end of this year,” added Lin, who is currently ranked 58.
Asked about the upcoming Asian Games, Lin said: “I can’t say too much. I just want to focus on this week. I want to play my game.”
Lin had played in India during the 2009 World championship and he liked the passionate crowd cheering for him.
“I am happy about this place, people are passionate about badminton, people are cheering up for me. I really appreciate that. I want more Indian fans to come and cheer for me,” he said.