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Grab your shuttlecock, birdie, and long raquet. The World Badminton Championships are here! That's right. Badminton's greatest prize (outside of the Olympic Games) will be awarded this week at The Pond. All of this is part of the great work done recently by the LA Sports Council, which has been working to bring major sporting events to SoCal in an effort to raise our international sports profile.

Earlier this year, LA hosted the Track Cycling World Championships, and the X Games. More major titles could be on the way, and LAist is hoping that Dodger Stadium is the site for the semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic.

The fact is Southern California has venues for just about every sport these days, between all of the facilities AEG has built recently to existing facilities downtown, in Anaheim, and in Long Beach. We are one of the world's sports capitals, and hosting badminton's championship is just part of it. So head on down to the Pond this week, and watch the birdies fly.