With bright lights on the floor and walls, loud electronic music and a red Badminton flying around, this Malaysian badminton Court looks like the set of a science fiction movie.
Shuttle In The Dark is a place to play badminton in the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. It was founded in late 2021 by a company that wanted people to start exercising after two years of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Badminton is one of the most popular sports in Malaysia and Asia. The Southeast Asian country has some of the world’s bestranked Player.
Irina Inozemtseva is the director of Inic Sport Management. She said the goal is to “get people’s interest back, to come back and play”. She added that the group not only wants to attract experienced players, but also “new people who were previously unable or have never played badminton”.
The futuristic course offers players a new difficulty. They have to adjust their eyes to the dark to play, said Lee Yan Sheng, a badminton professional coach.
Professional player Ho Yen Mei used the term focus – meaning to carefully direct one’s attention – to describe the demands of playing on the court.
“With the lighting, we can still kind of hit it, and then it requires better focus. And it’s exciting, it’s different, but it’s still like normal playing (badminton),” she said.
Shuttle in the Dark is open to players of all skill levels and charges $42.63 per hour to use the courts and rent their gear. A typical public court charges about $4.50.
I’m John Russell.
Ebrahim Harris reported this story for Reuters. John Russell adapted it for learning English.
words in this story
Badminton – n. a light object used in badminton
badminton – n. a field game played with light, long-handled racquets and a shuttlecock shot over a net
rank – V to determine the relative position
coach — n. someone who teaches players the basics of a sport and guides team strategy