The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has decided to push back the date of implementation of its new clothing regulations, which require female players to wear skirts or dresses for Level 1 to 3 tournaments, to June 1 thereby granting member associations and players another month to adapt to the new ruling.
Many players have supported the intention of the rule, but some have asked why it is necessary to make a regulation.
“We are however always willing to listen to the players, which is why we have decided to delay the implementation date slightly to 1 June to be able to advise and have a dialogue with the players on the implementation guidelines,” the BWF Deputy President Paisan Rangsikitpho said on the official website of the federation.
Rangsikitpho also added that the one-month extension will provide an opportunity for its Members to fully understand the reasons behind the new rule leading up to its May 28 AGM in Qingdao, China.
The first tournament with these rules will therefore be in June at the Singapore Open, part of the OSIM BWF World Superseries.