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Badminton second to soccer in participation worldwide

Updated: July 23, 2004, 2:36 PM ET
By Bill Clement | Special to ESPN.com

Badminton at the Olympics is not going to resemble anything like what you play in your back yard. There are players who can smash the bird at 200 mph.

What people will be able to identify with is tennis because there is a court and a net. Yet, when you see players making a vertical leap in the back court -- 3 to 4 feet in the air -- for a smash, you'll see the sport also is reminiscent of volleyball.

The average rally in badminton is over 10 hits, compared to tennis, which is usually ...

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