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Shuttling back to tradition

Eindhoven, March 22 (Reuters): World badminton took just 35 minutes on Saturday to repair a “botched job” over the sport’s scoring system.

An EGM of the International Badminton Federation’s member nations voted overwhelmingly on a show of hands to return to the sport’s traditional scoring system rather than make a third radical change in two years.

The meetingoverturned last May’s IBF Council decision and plumped for the old 3x15 system (3x11 for women’s singles).Saturday’s decision is effective from April 15.

India fail to qualify

India have failed to qualify for Group 2 of the Sudirman Cup as they went down 2-3 to Russia at Eindhoven.

The Russians took the lead Nikolaj Zuev and Irina Rusljakova defeated Paseel Ismail and B. R. Meenakshi 11-2, 10-13, 11-7 in the mixed doubles . Pullela Gopichand thrashed Georgij Izotov 15-6, 15-5. But Aparna Popat lost to Ella Karachkova 4-11, 11-8, 7-11.

India fought back when the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurian beat Nina Vislova and Valeri Sorokina 11-6, 11-7. But, in the decider Markose Bristow and Rupesh Kumar lost to Nikolaj Zuev and Stanislav Pukhov 15-12, 6-15, 7-15 .

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