It’s no secret that Iran isn’t exactly high on the list of countries that the U.S. is friendly with, but that’s not stopping the State Department from sending America’s women’s badminton team to Iran for a major international tournament. Because, as we all know, the key to mending broken diplomatic relations involves weird rackets and a shuttlecock.
The Americans were invited by the Iranian Badminton Federation to play in the Fajr Tournament, which is apparently a big deal to badminton enthusiasts. And lest you think this signifies some change in America’s stance toward Iran, think again. The State Department has been involved in cultural exchange programs with Iran since 2006.