BWF Council has made amendments to the following Technical Regulations for Para-Badminton.
- Section 5.5. – Para-Badminton General Competition Regulations
- Section 5.5.6 – Para-Badminton World & Continental Championships
- Section 5.5.7 – Explanation of Adjusted and Notional Ranking for Para-Badminton
These come into effect today – 1 March 2018. The amended regulations can be downloaded from the BWF Statutes page of the website (linked here) – BWF Statutes – Chapter 5 – Technical Regulations. The sections highlighted in yellow indicate the amendments made.
We have highlighted below, some of the more important changes that affect para-badminton world rankings and seedings for all BWF sanctioned para-badminton tournaments.
a. Section 5.5 – Para-Badminton General Competition Regulations
World Ranking – Several changes have been made to the regulations concerning Para-Badminton World Rankings. Some of the changes made are:
Doubles ranking – The rankings for doubles will now record pair rankings instead of individuals.
Points awarded for World Rankings – Table 2 and 3 of the regulations has now been updated to show the new amount of World Ranking points awarded after the conclusion of a tournament.
Number of tournaments – The number of tournaments that are now taking into account for World Rankings is now six (6) instead of four (4) previously.
Para-Badminton World Championships & Continental Championships
Para-Badminton World Championships and Para-Badminton Continental Championships stays in the ranking list until the next respective championships are held.
You are advised to further read Clause 11 – World Ranking System to further understand the details in each clause of the regulations.
b. Section 5.5.6 – Para-Badminton World & Continental Championships
Events at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships will now have an entry limits.
BWF has inserted clauses on the number of players that are allowed to qualify for the Para-Badminton World Championships. In addition, there is also a clause on continental quota.
All singles events at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships will now have an entry limit of 32 players. Doubles events with combined classes will have an entry limit of 32 pairs while others will have a limit of 16 pairs. The list of events with their entry limit can be found under Clause 9.3
You are advised to further read Clause 9 – Draw & Timetable for Para-Badminton World Championships.
c. Section 5.5.7 – Explanation of Adjusted and Notional Ranking for Para-Badminton
This is an additional document to Clause 9.3 – Seeding under the Para-Badminton General Competition Regulation. This helps explain how the notional and adjusted ranking works in determining the seeding of doubles pairs at tournaments.
You are advised to read the whole document to fully understand which situation would require seeding of pairs to be determined via notional or adjusted rankings as well the method of calculation used.
The Technical Delegate will calculate the notional and adjusted ranking points once re-entry forms have been received following the 1st Team Managers Meetings at each tournament. Seedings will then be determined for each event.
If you have any query regarding the regulations, please contact Syahmi Sabron [email protected]