Mention badminton, and most of us probably picture a sagging net in a backyard with Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Ted casually knocking a shuttlecock back and forth while trying not to spill their gin and tonics. After all, how intense can a game be when the key piece of equipment is called a birdie? Well, judging by these photos of competitors at the BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Championships in Nanjing, China, the answer is clear: very, very intense.Fred Lee/Getty Images LEANING IN JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images CATCHING AIR
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