The Indonesia Open will be the first Superseries tournament to embrace an instant review system to allow players to contest line calls, the Badminton World Federation announced.
The system will be tested at next month’s Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur and fully initiated at the Indonesian Open.
BWF Deputy President Paisan Rangsikitpho explained in a statement released on the body’s official website that the introduction of the replay system will be a progressive development for the BWF World Superseries and the sport in general.
“We are obviously still in an experimental phase, so we will unlikely implement the technology in every upcoming tournament,” he said.
The BWF, he noted, is keen to ensure “complete fairness” when it comes to line calls in the fast-paced sport.
“We are certain that players will welcome the news as the BWF continues its quest to be innovative and advance badminton. We have already received the full support of the BWF Athletes Commission.
“What we are doing is similar to other sports — the rules and principles are essentially the same as a sport like tennis, though the technology and process may differ slightly. At the end of the day, we want to further enhance the integrity of match play and the decisions that are made,” Rangsikitpho said.
Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) official and chief organizer of the Indonesia Open Superseries Koesdarto Pramono said that the country will welcome the implementation of the new technology at the $700,000 event.
“We support the BWF’s decision to embrace new sports technology. I am positive that it will help linesmen and referees do their job better,” Koesdarto told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday.
Emma Mason, the chair of the BWF Athletes Commission, hailed the replay system as “an important development for our players and for badminton as a whole.”
“The inclusion of such modern technology brings badminton into line with sports such as tennis and football, which are already using or implementing this type of system. The Athletes Commission is looking forward to working closely with players and the BWF to ensure that the instant review system is a successful and valuable introduction to our sport,” the Scottish shuttler said in a statement.
Though there are many choices available, Rangsikitpho stressed that the BWF is focusing on how challenges will work while the organization “continues to look at technologies on the market.”
“This decision is more about the rules than [about] the exact technology. We are still considering various options, but it will be a camera-based system, which makes it possible for a line-call referee to reassess the call using slow-motion technology.
“We want to get the mechanics of this operation working properly and ensure that both players and match officials understand how it should be done, step by step. That’s our priority right now,” he said.