OLYMPIC BADMINTON VIDEOS HIT U.S. MARKET
by Mike Grossman
November 19, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Badminton fans in the U.S.A.
now have the chance to view extended top-class badminton action from
the Atlanta Olympic Games as USA Badminton, the national association
for the sport, today released two full-length videos featuring the gold
medal matches of the men's and women's doubles events.
Badminton fans in the U.S.A. had been denied the opportunity to see
any Olympic badminton during the Atlanta Games itself as the broadcaster
for the U.S.A. elected to ignore many of the so-called minor sports,
badminton included. The only times that hard-core American badminton fans
saw anything of Olympic badminton was thru off-the-air video highlights
from Canada on amateur videotape or computer video files. These two
videos released by USA Badminton will allow U.S.A. badminton enthusiasts
to have a good long look at top badminton.
The men's doubles gold medal match on one of the videos has been
described by many as the best and most exciting match ever played in
recent times and by at least one hard-to-please American reporter as
the best sports action he had ever witnessed.
The videos are available from USA Badminton at (719) 578-4808 for 30
US dollars each or 50 US dollars for both. One catch though - the videos
are only being sold to members of the badminton association in the U.S.A.
(The price of regular membership in USA Badminton is 35 US dollars, less
for students and juniors, and anyone with a U.S.A. mailing address can be
A one-hour (approximately) Olympics video featuring all 5 events -
men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed
doubles - will also be available in late January from the International
Badminton Federation in Gloucestershire, England. Cost will be 12 pounds.
In a related development, it was learned by New Shuttlenws that the
International Badminton Federation will be making it easier to order
videos and publications from them. They are now finalizing arrangements
to accept payment by VISA or MASTERCARD starting in January.
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