Lin Dan in action against Indonesian shuttler Ihsan Maulana Mustofa during the Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018 at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil. Pic by EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The outcome of Wednesday’s Malaysia Masters has raised a question mark as five-time world champion Lin Dan and Chen Long along with Son Wan Ho all lost their opening round matches at the Axiata Arena.

It could be a protest to the new Badminton World Federation (BWF) ruling where it is compulsory for the top 15 shuttlers to play a minimum of 12 priority tournaments in a season.

"A top player will focus on major tournaments such as the World Championships, Thomas Cup, Asian Games and All England.

"You cannot expect a top player to perform in every tournament," said Lin Dan after his 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 defeat to Indonesia's Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in the first round.

The BA of Malaysia had written to BWF recently requesting the world body to review the ruling but they did not reply.

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