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Indians happy as BWF defers skirt rule

New Delhi, May 30 (Agencies)
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Published on 30 May. 2011 11:59 PM IST
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Indian women shuttler (L) Jwala Gutta and (R) Ashwini Ponappa. (FILE)
Indian shuttlers and officials welcomed the Badminton World Federation’s decision to defer the mandatory skirt rule till December. The players also hoped that the Body would come up with a better regulation after fresh deliberations. The BWF Council in its meeting in Qingdao, China, decided not to introduce the regulations regarding the mandatory use of skirts and to “further investigate the new clothing regulations after accepting a recommendation from the Women in Badminton Committee.” The mandatory ruling was initially supposed to be implemented on May 1 but after feedback from various quarters, was deferred by one a month to June 1. The rule had been fiercely opposed by India and some other Asian nations. India’s top doubles player Jwala Gutta said the BWF has done the right thing by going back to the drawing board to look for a more viable regulation. “It is a very good decision by the BWF. They couldn’t have gone ahead with the mandatory skirt ruling anyways. It can never be a compulsion on the players and it is good that they are rethinking about the decision,” said Jwala. Badminton Association of India vice president TPS Puri also welcomed the decision of the governing body. “This is the right approach by the BWF. If it would have been made compulsory then many players would have become uncomfortable. A lot of nations, including India, objected to the mandatory nature of the ruling and we welcome this decision of the governing body,” Puri said. The decision to defer the implementation of the ruling was made after receiving feedback from the Athletes Commission, which represents the players’ interests in the BWF Council with full voting rights. There have been various feedbacks from many quarters and after taking into account all these comments, especially those from the Athletes’ Commission, it is our recommendation to Council to do further study before implementing new clothing regulations,” former world champion Nora Perry, who heads the Women Badminton Committee, said. “It is still our intention to focus on a better presentation of the game, but we would like to broaden the scope to include both men and women, and the feedback will also include views from various stakeholders such as the clothing manufacturers,” said Perry. 




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