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Players needed for world record attempt

Badminton players are needed to take part in a world record-breaking attempt.

More than 100 people are needed to take part in the event, which aims to break the record for the longest badminton rally with the largest number of players.

The attempt is due to take place at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, in Pegasus Road, Oxford, on July 9, but so far only around 30 players have signed up.

The current rally record is 112 shots between 112 players. Each player has to hit the shuttlecock once, then move away and the next player takes their place on each side of the court.

Fusion Lifestyle sports development manager Leon Popplewell organised the event as a celebration of the Olympic Torch’s visit to the region.

He said: “We thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the torch go by and really inspire people to do something.

“We have never done anything like this before but we thought we should make the most of it.

“You don’t have to be a world-class player to do it, but you have got to be confident in yourself to be able to return it because you will be under a bit of pressure and there will be a lot of eyes on you.

“People won’t be trying to catch you out, so just as long as it’s not the first time you’ve played, you should be fine.”

Leon is planning to film and document the event so it can be verified.

 

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