Sporting Life: An elastic reminder of Asia's love for badminton

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen (left) and Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia during a rally at the All England Open Badminton Championship men's singles final on March 21, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

Badminton hurts but you can't hear it. It's why players should have a tiny microphone affixed to their shirt. So we can hear them breathe after a 42-shot rally. Barely has oxygen been sucked in and they're diving to their right, onto their knuckles, bouncing up, and composing another 27-shot conversation.

Want to towel off? Sometimes the umpire says no. This isn't sissy tennis. Play.

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