GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Badminton players Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China pose with Australian surf lifesaver and Ironwoman Kirsty Higgison during a Sudirman Cup media opportunity at Surfers Paradise Beach on May 23, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. Some of the world's best badminton players took in a slice of Australian beach culture on the Gold Coast today, soaking up the sunshine on iconic beautiful Surfers Paradise beach. Players included: Jonatan Christie (Indonesia & World Ranked 28 Men's Doubles), PV Sindhu (India & World Ranked (4 Women's Singles), Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan & World Ranked 1 Women's Doubles team), Zheng Siwei (China & World Ranked 48 Men's Doubles team), Chen Qingchen (China & World Ranked 5 Women's Doubles), Sung Ji Hyun (Korea & World Ranked 5 Women's Singles). Also joining them was Australian surf lifesaver and Ironwoman Kirsty Higgison, who is a patrolling member of the Surfers Paradise SLSC and dual Olympic swimmer Cameron McEvoy. The visiting badminton players beat the heat by sharing a unique badminton shuttlecock ice-cream created especially by Yum Gelato at Surfers Paradise. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images for Sudirman Cup)
These guys don't play like we do. Badminton at the Olympic level is the fastest racket sport in the world.