World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 3

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


In the smashing event the contestant has to smash twenty shuttlecocks from mid-court back over the net in one minute. A small two-inch wide gutter is laid around the edge of the singles court and for each shuttle landing in the gutter the contestant receives 2 points – if all 20 shuttles land in the gutter the smasher receives 5 bonus points. There are five rounds of smashing and the person with the most points wins. Rexy Kido has won this contest most often with 7 wins between 2000 and 2012 including a record score of 191 in 2004 – his approach is straightforward: “The most important aspect is accuracy not speed – there’s no point in hitting a 160mph smash if you hit it at someone’s racquet – I’d rather hit a 130mph smash on the line, where the player has to reach to play their shot and can’t really control their shot too much.”

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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