May 20, 2005

Badminton Wants More Countries

Well, they don't sound very alarmed. I guess they haven't read my prediction. But the International Badminton Federation is planning some changes, designed to increase the number of participating nations in the Olympics.

New IBF president Datuk Punch Gunalan has noticed that the international participation in badminton is dismal:

Last year's Athens Olympic had a 32-country representation. We hope to have about 50 countries involved in the next Games in Beijing

As step one, they should hope that they are included in the programme!

Badminton also won't be helped by the recent resignation of one of the Korean IOC members, vice president Kim Un-yong.

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