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02-02-2009, 04:13 PM #1
Badminton diplomacy - US to send a team to Iran
It would be a wonderful thing if badminton is the spark for renewed international relations between US and Iran.
02-02-2009, 04:58 PM #2
^^Thanks for the link..^^
..aahh, looks like Pres. BO's administration is really broadening the interest of badminton in the U.S. There was another minor news that the U.S. govt. would sponsor the MD pair of Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach (yes, they are back together as a pair and will be competing this yr), should they reach at least the top 20 MD ranking in the world.
On that note, looking fw to the Iranian National players visiting the U.S., come July, for the U.S. Open.
Last edited by ctjcad; 02-02-2009 at 05:00 PM.
02-02-2009, 06:12 PM #3
From gunboat diplomacy to badminton diplomacy, we have come a long way
02-02-2009, 06:17 PM #4
As posted here as well..
02-02-2009, 09:48 PM #5
Wow political badminton, nobody like the US to do such a thing
02-02-2009, 10:05 PM #6
02-02-2009, 11:32 PM #7
Good stuff. Hope something good will come out of this.
BWF should hop on the bandwagon at once and start to promote world peace with badminton.
02-02-2009, 11:37 PM #8
02-02-2009, 11:58 PM #9
02-03-2009, 12:08 AM #10
Masculinity could be violate?
Meh. i hope for the best. I also wonder if Tony Gunawun and Howard Bach can make it to the top 20? this would be an awesome day.
BO? i think we should stick to Obama....
02-03-2009, 12:44 AM #11
Obama, Barry Obama, BO, No Shock Barack, No Drama Obama, Obama-rama, Mr. Yes We Can....sure, why not..
02-03-2009, 01:21 AM #12
02-03-2009, 01:52 AM #13
^^I wonder though..^^
..if the U.S. ladies will need to wear burqas, long skirts/abayas or veils to cover their bodies, while they play..I remember in one of the World Championships tourneys, there were some women players who wore those...
*cooler, in Malaya/Indonesian language, the word "Candu" means an "addict" or "opium"..
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02-03-2009, 02:07 AM #14
..burqas being worn during the 2006 WC..From the Iranian team..
Last edited by ctjcad; 02-03-2009 at 02:16 AM.
02-04-2009, 01:37 PM #15
02-05-2009, 07:50 AM #16
One can wonder why US was so late with applying for visas?!? Why do it from dubai and not from US ??
I think US has rather strict policies for VISA control etc (after 9/11), so not being in time when applying for other countries visa seems a bit ignorant, from an outside perspective...
Kind of a setback for "badminton-diplomacy"
02-05-2009, 09:32 AM #17
US Badminton got invitation from Iran Badminton in a short period of time..about a month US applied the visa and Iran Badminton did everything they could...I had been told that they needed pick up visa in Dubai ( I did not know how it works)...so it was not about being in time....
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