I thought the title would get your attention. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I love badminton. But more and more, Iâ€™m seeing a lot of posts and hearing a lot of talk at gyms by people that say that Badminton is THE best sport, better than tennis, better than squash, or even non-racketsports. (I myself may have been guilty, as I believe I expressed my personal distaste for hockey). I think the problem lies in our very definition of sport, and how far we want to take our dedication in the sports of our choices. If someone tells me that a top badminton player is better than a top tennis playerâ€¦ what does that mean to me? Absolutely nothing. Itâ€™s literally like the classic example of the orange and the appleâ€¦ the â€œbetter oneâ€ isnâ€™t really better for everyone, it depends on who you ask and from what perspective â€œbetterâ€ is defined. I wouldnâ€™t consider either an apple or an orange â€œfruitierâ€ than the other. What Iâ€™m trying to say is that yes, we all love badmintonâ€¦ but take into consideration that in part, the reason why badminton is not as popular (Iâ€™m in North America, mind you, so this doesnâ€™t apply as much to our friends on the other side of the globe) as it could be is because of all the people who play other sports who say that their sport is the mother of all sports. As badminton players, knowing the situation is thus, I think it better to lead by exampleâ€¦ to understand that like religion, for sports, to each their own. Sure, promote badmintonâ€¦ but I believe that the way to promote is to do so objectively and highlight all the advantages of playing our sport, and not trying to chop out the legs of others sports. Itâ€™s justâ€¦ unsportsman. Especially this point of how badminton requires â€˜thisâ€™ or â€˜thatâ€™ that this other sport â€˜doesnâ€™t compare toâ€™. Well, itâ€™s a gameâ€¦ itâ€™s a closed system, there are rules. People improve within the rules of the system. People get good at skills particular to the system. Sure, there are sports where the skills you obtain maybe more useful in other applications than the skills you obtain in another sportâ€¦ but itâ€™s a game. And as to this whole schtick of how a top badminton player is better than a person who is a top X sport playerâ€¦ well, thatâ€™s just not logical. Iâ€™m not saying that badminton sucks. Iâ€™m not saying that badminton shouldnâ€™t be promoted. Iâ€™m do however want to emphasize that that as athletes, amateur or professional, sportsmanship is a paramount issue, as it is the common factor that unites all atheletes; and sportsmanship in this case means respect for other athletes, badminton and non-badminton players alike. We don't like it when people have misconceptions about badminton, or who put badminton down-- but neither do players of other sports like the return. Regardless of the sport we chose to dedicate ourselves in, we can still demonstrate infinite dedication, perseverence and ambition-- and that's what sport is about. The soul of athleticism and sportsmanship is a concept that transcends the sport itself, it's all about the feeling you get out of the game, it's all about blood sweat and tears, and those moment of affirmation when the training just is worth it. You recognize that feeling, if i describe elation, winning a victory hard earned? Or a defeat, despite so many hopes? Either way, this is the life of a sportsman and they are emotions shared by all-- the fact that the journey is shared distributes the burden, and thus all athletes are like our brothers and sisters. So yes, promote the sportâ€¦ but letâ€™s not step on anyone elsesâ€™ toes and dreams just because they didnâ€™t pick to be dedicated to the same sport as us. We have more in common than we may think, and we have more to learn from eachother about dedication than we can ever imagine... lead by example!