BWF approves synthetic feather shuttlecocks for tournaments from 2021

Badminton World Federation, the sport's world governing body, has approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks for all sanctioned tournaments from 2021.

The first synthetic shuttlecock approved by BWF has been developed by Japanese sports equipment manufacturer Yonex, and tested at three BWF-sanctioned international tournaments last year. The new synthetic shuttle seems more durable, but provides similar flight and performance, and could reduce feather shuttlecock usage by up to 25 per cent, allowing the sport to reduce its environmental footprint, as well as reducing costs.

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