by R. Stanton Hales
The world sporting community and the International Olympic Committee in particular, have had the wisdom to give Badminton the respect it deserves. By unanimous vote of the I.O.C., Badminton has become a medal sport. The future of the world’s most demanding racket sport is rosy indeed but there still is much education to be done before Badminton is truly appreciated in the United States. The recent Men’s Doubles Championship won by Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan lends emphasis to the fact that Badminton will demand the respect and appreciation that is generally accorded the world’s most demanding sports, for that is what it is. Badminton players deserve respect and admiration generally accorded to the world’s best trained athletes, for that is what they are.