;-)NEW YORK HONORS BADMINTON WORLD CHAMPS WITH TICKER TAPE PARADE;-)
by Mike Grossman;-)
;-)October 29, 1996 (NEW SHUTTLENOISE) - The city of New York today
honoured America's newest sports heroes, the world champion U.S.A.
men's badminton team, with the biggest ticker tape parade in history.
More than 4 million people lined the parade route along Broadway in
lower Manhattan to cheer the world champions as they rode slowly by in
grandly decorated floats.
Thousands of American flags and thousands of banners painted with
badminton shuttles streaming flames, symbolic of badminton's reputation
as the 200-mile-per-hour racket sport, waved in the nippy autumn air of
New York as office workers in the skyscrapers along the parade route
threw confetti into the air.
New York Mayor Rudy Juliani greeted the members of the U.S.A. badminton
team at City Hall and presented each player with a golden key to the city.
The U.S.A. men's badminton team had surprised the world with their upset
victory over the heavily-favored Indonesian team at the World Series of
Badminton - the Thomas Cup Finals.
All the members of the U.S.A. team were present at today's parade: Kevin
Han, Tom Reidy, Ben Lee, Andy Chong, Ignatius Rusli, David Shaw, Howard
Bach, player-coach Steve Butler and team manager Paisan Rangsikitpho.
The world champions headed for Washington D.C. immediately after
the City Hall festivities to play badminton and have dinner at the
White House with the U.S.A.'s number one badminton fan, President Bill
(TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, New York City did have a ticker tape parade
today to honor the New York Yankees, the winner of the World Series of
baseball after an 18-year drought, and Indonesia won this year's Thomas
Cup Finals in May. The U.S.A. did not qualify to play in the Finals.
However, this neophyte badminton writer from New York City, proud as I
am of the Yankees, and all U.S.A. badminton fans can dream, can't we?
LET'S GO, YANKEES! LET'S GO, YANKEES! LET'S GO, YANKEES!
Copyright (c) 1996 by NEW SHUTTLENWS