In contempt of court rules

Social badminton players turn to resellers to get court time as booking frustrations grow

Recreational shuttlers playing badminton at Yishun Sports Hall. Many players have resorted to getting court time via third parties due to overwhelming demand.
Recreational shuttlers playing badminton at Yishun Sports Hall. Many players have resorted to getting court time via third parties due to overwhelming demand.PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE

Kenny Koh has been an avid badminton player for over a decade and usually enjoys playing the sport with his friends once a week at the public courts in Clementi and Jurong West sports halls.

But in the past four months, the 28-year-old has become increasingly frustrated after multiple failed attempts to book courts via ActiveSG's booking system run by national agency Sport Singapore (SportSG). He has since resorted to getting court time via third parties on Facebook and Meetup.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2021, with the headline 'In contempt of court rules'. Subscribe