World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 4

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.


The smash return contest is also played with the same gutter around the singles court. The national coach of the Indonesian team smashes the shuttle at each contestant twenty times in a row and the returner has to try and place the shuttlecock in the gutter, scoring three points for doing so with a bonus of five points for returning all 20 into the gutter. Again there are five rounds of returning. No one has ever landed all 20 returns in the gutter in one round; indeed only one person, Eddie Hadinata, has scored 19 – this happened in the third round of the 2007 competition.

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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