Lee Wong Wei first to use video line-call review in badminton  
Published on 12/12/2013     Source : AFP - Global Times

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei welcomed the decision to use video reviews of disputed line calls after the world No.1 became the first in badminton to use the technology on Wednesday.

Lee, who is chasing his fourth BWF World Superseries Finals men's singles crown, asked for a video ­review on the tournament's first day during his match against China's Wang Zhengming, which Lee won 21-10, 21-18.

The Olympic and world championship silver medalist used the technology after his return to Wang was called when he was trailing 4-2 in the second game.

The video review showed Lee's judgment to be spot on as the shuttle landed on the line.

"It is about time video technology is brought into the game. The shuttle travels so fast, and the line judges only have a split second to make a decision," said Lee, who won this tournament from 2008 to 2010.

"All the players are in favor of the system as it helps eradicate accusations of bias."

The technology, using ultra-slow motion cameras, is being trialed at this week's season finale in a bid to stamp out faulty decisions, which have caused disputes in the past.

Following similar moves in ­tennis, cricket, soccer and rugby, players will have two challenges per match ­during the tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

In the earlier matches on Wednesday, none of the players used it.

"I'm honored, as the world No.1, to be the first player to use the review system," Lee said.


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