On January 11, 2009, the IJF announced the following regarding the World Rankings List:
1. Current World Rankings List will continue under the original rules and will be used on for seeding and placing of top players at the draw for upcoming IJF events in 2009.
2. From January 2009 the new WRL will be launched simultaneously, based exclusively on results of competitions of the year 2009 and on.
3. Effective by 30th April 2009, the original continuous WRL will be terminated and from the 1st May 2009 the new WRL will be applied instead.
4. The Olympic Qualification for London 2012 Olympic Games will be completed by 30th April 2012. Qualifying places will be allocated to athletes accordingly to the WRL status by 30th April 2012.