I have a soft spot in my heart for badminton. It comes across looking like the most boring game of feathered smash ball with a net when played poorly, but when played well, it's extremely fast and fun to watch. A very underrated sport if you ask me.
You know who agrees with me? The President of Russia, Demitri Medvedev.
Apparently hoping to encourage the use of the word "shuttlecock" around the Mother Homeland, President Medvedev has released a video of him talking about badminton and its health benefits and then displaying some of his prowess while playing against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Putin and Medvedev start out very slow with some lame underhand shots, which to my mind only further the stereotype of the sport being slow and boring and for old people. However, towards the end of the video, you see a few more flicks of the wrist from both dignitaries and you can't help but suspect that in a doubles match, these two old Russian men could maybe give the Indonesian National Team reason to at least jog from one end of the court to the other.