"It will be the first formal discussion on this topic since 2006 when BWF introduced a rally point scoring system (21x3), which remains in place today," the BWF said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

"The world governing body will be considering the matter as it seeks to continue innovative developments to improve badminton in all contexts -- for fans, television, live streaming and for players at every level," it further stated.

The scoring system was on the agenda at a players' meeting held by the BWF Athletes' Commission last weekend with the federation showing keenness to canvass the opinions of those at the heart of the sport.

At the meeting, BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund cited reasons for contemplating a change in scoring systems, while he also stressed that players would be integral in any decision to retain or alter the current regulations.

He also insisted on creating more "intensity and excitement" in matches and reducing the length of time for matches which has steadily increased and been a challenge for scheduling.

"This session will introduce ideas around scoring and different scoring possibilities. It is designed to start a dialogue and consultation with our members on what we have now as a system and how this could be improved so generations to come continue enjoying badminton at its best," said Laud.

Players have also been asked to give their feedback on three alternative scoring systems.

Firstly, two games of 21 (current setting) and the third game to be played for 11 points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 14-all). Secondly, three games of 15 points (setting at 19). And the last option being five games of nine points (setting with two points clear; decisive point at 12-all).

One of these could be selected after adequate testing at tournaments and feedback is considered from various stakeholders, the BWF statement said.

Chair of BWF Athletes' Commission, Emma Mason, urged players to voice their views, noting whatever decision is taken must be one "everybody supports" and that the transition should be smooth.

(Agencies)

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