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Terrorists Hate Badminton?


When you consider what terrorists really hate: America, democracy, Kate Gosselin, rarely would one assume that badminton would be on the list. Surprisingly, that appears to be the case as Badminton EnglandĀ  has withdrawn from the Badminton World Championships in Hyderabad, India “after reports of threats by Muslim extremists Lashkar-e-Taiba.”

I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the shuttlecock. If there’s one thing that symbolizes Western culture at its most depraved, it’s a flying cock.In what Badminton England Chief Executive (now that’s a title you can hang your hat on) Adrian Christy said was “an incredibly tough decision,” Badminton England returned home Sunday night.

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said: “After the Olympic Games, this is the most prestigious championships in the world but we were not prepared to risk the safety of our players, coaches and staff in what we felt could have been a very volatile environment.”

He said the team, which included Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson, had “carefully considered” information from local police authorities.

Nathan Robertson was there? Holy crap. Initially, I agreed with the Scottish badminton team and thought England “perhaps overreacted,” but upon learning that Nathan Robertson’s safety was in question, I completely changed my tune. The guy is a national treasure, for crying out loud. Thousands of British children have his poster on their walls and if you are not playing with the Official Nathan Robertson badminton racquet in jolly ol’ England, good luck not getting laughed off the court.

It’s a shame, really, that the terrorists allegedly chose to try and disrupt the World Badminton Championships, but if Lashkar-e-Taiba even thinks about pulling something like this during the World Cup of Ladder Golf , shit is really going to hit the fan. But what about the Washers Olympics, you ask? Meh. Have at it, terrorists.

Badminton team quits after threat [BBC]