BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttlecocks next year
ByFunAsia 15 May 2020 12:05 PM 252
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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is unlikely to go ahead with its plans of introducing synthetic shuttlecocks next year in international tournaments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.In January this year, the world body had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.The shuttlecocks currently in use are usually made of goose or duck feathers.However, Vikram Dhar, country head Yonex Sunrise (India), feels the introduction is set to be delayed by another year due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced a suspension of all badminton tournaments, hitting the industry hard.

“That will take time, it might take a year more,” Dhar told PTI when asked if he sees the synthetic shuttle being introduced in 2021.The first synthetic shuttlecock, which is made of plastic instead of actual feathers, approved by BWF was developed with the technological cooperation of Yonex. The company also handled testing of various prototypes during the development phase of the project.

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