That evening everyone was enthusiastic about a badminton exhibition to be played at Munich next year, for the first time at an Olympics; some predicted a new Olympic sport for 1976. But the big news concerned the Red Chinese team, which had arrived in Canada to begin a series of exhibitions. No one cared about the politics involved, it was simply a chance to save badminton. The situation, it seems, has been grave for the sport. Sadly, we appear to be running out of birds, or good ones, or at least good feathers. There are 16 feathers in each bird, and it takes a whole goose to get the proper 16. But most of the suitable geese come from Red China, and now, well, maybe the bird crisis could be brought before the U.N. All agreed that would be the biggest event since 1873, when some Englishmen brought an odd game called Poona home from India and began playing it at the Duke of Beaufort's country estate, a place called Badminton.