Many of us watched the discussions in the World's-Malaysia thread
, as well as some of the politics rose to the surface on Facebook in the wake of questionable conditions and multiple injuries — in front of non-existent spectators — at the recent Worlds in Putrajaya.
Yesterday, the IWWF tried to make a big deal about some changes
, with a new "athlete centric" emphasis. Note that point 3 calls for a 'safe field of play' and admits that "some sites with inappropriate conditions were chosen because the organizer could afford to pay the sanctioning fee". Point 4 calls for more events with prize money (money going back to the athletes).
Time will tell if it's lip service or real, but I don't think it's overstating it to say that the loud and passionate discussions on this forum, which included criticism of the IWWF's bidding process/price tag, probably played a small part in these announcements.