Watch: Viktor Axelsen questions fairness of new service rule in badminton

first_imgViktor Axelsen expressed his displeasure of the new service rule of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), which is set to be in affect from the All England Championship in March.According to the new service rule, the shuttle should be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the time of being hit from the server’s racket. The previous rule was that the shuttle should not be above the waist at the instant of being hit.Many players have spoken up against the rule but the men’s singles world No.1 Axelsen has been one of the most vocal players.ALSO WATCHHe has repeatedly taken to Instagram to put out videos of him practicing the new service in view of the upcoming rule and has put across his opinion about it through his actions.In his latest video on his Instagram account, Axelsen is seen training with his very tall compatriot Mads Pieler Kolding, who specialises in doubles, and a very short player.In the video, the Denmark coaching staff set up a line to map the acceptable height in the new rule and are seen serving according to that, putting through the immense disparity it brings betweent the tall and short players.advertisementWhile Axelsen and Kolding are having to stretch and hold their gut while serving because they have to bend, the short player is able to serve from almost her chest.After sharing the video, Axelsen also shared a photograph of the three along with the height map and appealed to the BWF to reconsider the rule.Sean Casey, a shorter Denmark player, wrote a note saying the rule clearly puts the tall players on a massive disadvantage and it can be discouraging to the “next potential fan or player of taller height from ever picking up a racket.”He further added, “All sports inherently have advantages and disadvantages for individuals on both ends of the height spectrum. Badminton is no different; I’m of the humble opinion that this is what makes the sport of badminton so great.”He even went on to say that he enjoys playing against taller opponents because of “clear advantages” he has on shots closer to the ground.Earlier, Axelsen pulled out of the India Open after picking up an injury at the Indonesia Masters last week. He was set for a title defence in New Delhi but had to give it a miss.However, he has still been training, working on his badminton skills and says “The inability to train at full intensity should not be used as an excuse to stop trying to get better every single day.”last_img read more