World Badmitton Championships in H'bad

Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Who would have thunk it?  There's actually a world championship badminton tournament each year where the best "shuttlers" from around the world compete in an Olympic style format to win the title as the best shuttler in the world.  On Olympic years they do not hold the tournament as the Olympic games will determine who's the best that year.

This year the tournament is in Hyderabad and it happens to be very close to my office.  VIP seats are all of $8 so I went over one day during lunch to watch them hit the shuttle cock back and forth.  I was actually surprised by the pace and agility of the's actually a fun sport to watch (similar to tennis).  Before the tourney even began, there were reports of tourists threats which caused the entire British team to bail along with a couple Austrians (wusses...all of them).

Despite the security concerns, Hyderabad did a great job and everything went off without a hitch.  The Chinese won pretty much everything and all the players seem to enjoy their time in H'bad.
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Hey Brandon,

I've been following your blog for a while and haven't seen you finishing/closing comments on your whole trip. It'd be nice if you can post a retrospective post/reflection of your time there... good and bad... etc.

Thanks for the great blog and pics! Would you do it again, if you were given a choice?


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