Hi all, permit me to conduct a quick and informal survey. I thought of this after yesterday's thomas cup semi-finals and reading the posts from supporters of different countries. My first question: In which country do you think the sport of badmintion matters the most? To be honest, I was taken aback by the amount of scrutiny, enthusiasm, support displayed from Malaysian badminton fans and the maelstrom of criticism and vitriol that followed after the tie (and also towards LYB, I might add). My perception thus, is that Malaysians on average, care more about their badminton team than other nationalities. Either that, or Malaysians tend to hang around the BC forum more. My second question: In which country can badminton be considered a national sport? I reckon to be acknowledged as a national sport, some factors have to be considered. 1)a wonderful history and tradition of that sport in the country. (bonus points for inventing it) 2)mass popularity and broad appeal from its citizens. (of all background, social status, income brackets etc.) 3)a good or great national team 4)an special status that is only reserved for this sport 5)X-factor the first thing that comes to my mind is football(soccer) in South American nations (like brazil, argentina). When you have fans rioting, the odd case of murdering a rival fan, as well as traffic stopping and massive sick leaves during the world cup, its safe to say it becomes more of a religion. Baseball in the US, sumo in japan, and ice hockey in canada come close too. For badminton, the contenders are, i guess, the strong badminton nations like china, denmark, indonesia, malaysia and korea. But even in china, the strongest badminton nation (apologies to the other 4), that honor goes to table tennis. Basketball and soccer also get more coverage. The danes are more into soccer and other sports, imo. As for korea, I think golf and baseball are more popular. I reckon that only leaves indonesia and malaysia. What do u think?