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    Thumbs up Badminton would help make Russians better soldiers

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    It's not a surprise to find Russians army chiefs saying Badminton would help make them better soldiers.

    Read the article just released (from news.com.au);

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    Izvestia newspaper said the Russian defence ministry next year would buy some 10,000 badminton rackets and tens of thousands of shuttlecocks, and snipers will be among the first units to start playing the game.

    "During a game of badminton you use the same muscles as when you throw grenades, knives and other objects," Alexander Shchepelev, head of the defence ministry's physical training department, told Izvestia.

    "Therefore this sport is very good for all soldiers without exception. But it will be especially good for shooters and snipers because watching a shuttlecock trains eye muscles, strengthens a heart-vascular system and develops quick reactions."

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    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news...#ixzz1dgiQIM8s
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    Thumbs up We might find a Russian Lin Dan soon

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    We might find a Russian Lin Dan coming out from the Russian Army in a few years' time from now.

    I am not joking - My Russian friends tell me that when Russians get involved in something, they usually put in their best effort.
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    Thumbs up Badminton is experiencing something of a renaissance in Russia

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    http://www.businessinsider.com/russi...minton-2011-11

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    It is reported that seven military facilities across the country each have 10 badminton courts. However, all military bases will receive equipment to allow the troops to take up the sport.

    Badminton is experiencing something of a renaissance in Russia of late. Last month, President Dmitry Medvedev appeared in an online video playing the sport against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

    The President admitted his passion for the sports, and applauded the fact that those who play seem to be able to make quick decisions.

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    It's on facebook

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    Smile Please give us the link

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    It's on facebook
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    Where? Please give us the link.
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    It's on facebook
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    Thanks. I have received the link via facebook.
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    Now, I have received news that the Russian Defence ministry says reports that it plans to train soldiers in the sport to improve their battlefield skills are untrue.

    Here is the link;

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...?newsfeed=true

    "Badminton is not a military applied sport in the Russian armed forces, and its development is not included in the physical training programme for military personnel," the ministry said, adding that it was "surprised" by the report. "The passage about snipers 'beginning to be obliged to study' badminton is the personal opinion of the journalist," it said.

    The internet news can be as tricky as we think they could be. And the news are quickly going viral (as I am receiving more and more info).
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    Thumbs up Watching a shuttlecock trains eye muscles, strengthens the cardiovascular system ...

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    Here is another article;

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyl...-1226195134826

    RUSSIA plans to equip its armed forces with 10,000 badminton racquets and tens of thousands of shuttlecocks.

    Army chiefs believe it will improve the soldiers' battle prowess, Ria Novosti reported yesterday.

    "Badminton is very useful for every soldier, without exception. But it will be particularly useful for shooters and snipers," according to the department head of physical training in the defense ministry, Alexander Schepelev.


    Officials turned to the genteel racket sport after a ringing endorsement from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who recently took on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin over the high net.

    An enthused Mr Medvedev blogged that badminton "develops your physical form, eye coordination, accuracy and reactions".

    The defense ministry will roll out the racquets and shuttlecocks for the badminton force trials next year.

    "During a game of badminton, you use the same muscles as when you throw grenades, knives and other objects," Mr Schepelev told the Izvestia newspaper.

    Echoing Mr Medvedev's comments, he said that "watching a shuttlecock trains eye muscles, strengthens the cardiovascular system and develops quick reactions".

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    Thanks to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's involvement, Badminton is now in the press/media everywhere worldwide.

    Here is another article (from mg.co.za);

    http://mg.co.za/article/2011-11-14-s...minton-racket/

    Russia will train its army to play badminton to improve its battle prowess after the racquet sport won a surprise personal endorsement from President Dmitry Medvedev.

    Izvestia newspaper said the Russian defence ministry next year would purchase some 10 000 badminton racquet and tens of thousands of shuttlecocks, and snipers will be among the first units to start playing the game.

    Badminton has never been particularly popular in Russia but now appears to be turning into a new fad after the country's 46-year-old president last month unexpectedly offered an elegy of the game, saying it helped "solve different problems".

    Wearing a tight-fitting sports shirt and tracksuit bottoms, Medvedev was shown in his video blog encouraging Russians to play badminton and exchanging a few shuttlecocks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

    The video appeared a month after Medvedev announced that he would step aside after just one term in office to allow his mentor Putin to reclaim his old Kremlin job in March presidential polls, prompting derision from critics.

    But army chiefs said badminton would help make Russians better soldiers.

    "During a game of badminton you use the same muscles as when you throw grenades, knives and other objects," Alexander Shchepelev, head of the defence ministry's physical training department, told Izvestia.

    "Therefore this sport is very good for all soldiers without exception. But it will be especially good for shooters and snipers because watching a shuttlecock trains eye muscles, strengthens a heart-vascular system and develops quick reactions."

    A defence ministry spokesperson did not deny the Izvestia report but disputed the number of rackets that would be ordered, without giving a precise figure.
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    That's more publicity than BWF could ever have generated...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    That's more publicity than BWF could ever have generated...LOL
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    Hahaha... We would have never guessed that we needed the Russians to generate the publicity for Badminton worldwide.
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    Thumbs down We've found that not all the news that were released were true

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    Now, we've found that not all the news that were released were true.

    Source: http://en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20111216/170298663.html

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    MOSCOW, December 16, 2011

    The head of the Russian Defense Ministry sports directorate, Alexander Shchepelev, was demoted, apparently over an interview that was published saying the ministry planned to buy badminton equipment in a hype after President Dmitry Medvedev said he enjoyed the sport, an officer in the ministry's central apparatus said.

    The officer told RIA Novosti the decision was made after the Izvestia daily reported in mid-November that the Defense Ministry planned to provide the Russian Army, including snipers, with badminton equipment - 10,000 rackets and tens of thousands of birdies – in 2012. Shchepelev was quoted in the report as saying that badminton was “an important part of sports training in military units.” “Watching a birdie,” he explained, “trains the eye muscles, strengthens the cardiovascular system and develops reaction speeds.”

    The Russian Defense Ministry later denied the report, saying that “badminton is not an applied sports in the Armed Forces.”

    The article was published soon after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attracted international and domestic media attention with a clip on his official blog where he spoke about his love for badminton, which he said “develops your physical form, eye coordination, accuracy and reactions.” The clip was designed to foster interest in the sport among Russian schoolchildren. The video shows Medvedev playing badminton with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

    Shchepelev, who was appointed as head of the Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA), dismissed the allegations on Friday that his demotion was linked to the article, saying he had changed his job at his “own will.”

    “My transfer to another position was motivated by personal reasons, not by the Izvestia publication,” he said.

    Another ministry source said Shchepelev's demotion was a "planned shift."

    “This is not about revenge or punishment - an officer cannot serve in one position more than three years," he said.

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