Coach Mike de Belle leads discussions with other coaches and players about all things to do with badminton including reviews of the latest matches, drills, tactics, personalities and more. We're based in Canada but discuss plenty of issues relating to the world wide badminton community.
The 2020 Paralympics just wrapped up in Tokyo with Para Badminton making it's debut in the Games. So with the increased interest, Badminton Beat caught up with Canadian Coach Ram Nayyar to help explain the details and various categories of Para Badminton.
Coaches Mike & Kaz catch up with Canadian Olympian Rachel Honderich for the last of her 3-part Tokyo Olympic "Rachel Reports". Rachel talks about her & doubles partner, Kristen Tsai's matches, their strategies and other things relating to her Olympic experience as well as what lies ahead.
Badminton Beat Episode 52
We're back with the Rachel Report Vol. 2: We caught up with Rachel, now in the Olympic Village the evening of the opening ceremonies which she and Kirsten decided to miss in order to prepare for their first Olympic match the following day.
The Rachel Report #1: Mike and Kaz chat with Canadian Olympian Rachel Honderich in Hakodate, Japan where she and the rest of the Canadian Olympic Badminton Team are training before their matches begin in Tokyo on July 24.
Canadians can watch matches on-line on the CBC Gem website at: gem.cbc.ca. As we mentioned in our talk, we don't yet have information regarding full-matches being televised on the CBC TV.
YouTube also has a channel dedicated to the Olympics which should be streaming matches.
The Olympics are just around the corner and Canada is sending its largest Badminton Team ever to the Games. So on July 3, we took this opportunity to catch up with singles sensation Brian Yang about making the team, being the youngest male singles player in the Olympic men's singles draw and some of the things that led up to his being selected. Coach Kaz also stopped by to give his "2 cents" on a few badminton events that have taken place since our last podcast..
Mike, Kaz and Rachel discuss the lead-up to the Olympics, a few Badminton shows on Prime Video and Netflix and the narrowly defeated proposal for new scoring.