• The main reason for this is that most people "outside of the Far East" have never seen a "real" game of badminton. Their primary (and frequently only) exposure to the sport was typically as a child when somebody brought a plastic set of rackets o a picnic where there was no court, nobody knew the rules, and the primary objective was to hit the "birdy" up into the air and try not to let it hit the ground. The truth of the matter is that it is one of the fastest racket sports in the world -- the shuttlecock can leave the racket at speeds in excess of 180 mph. The speed, skill, and endurance required exceeds that of most sports. So anyone who considers it a "wimp" sport is probably speaking out of ignorance of what the game really like for those who take it seriously.

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