Wednesday, September 3, 2008

badminton's billionaire fan

By the Associated Press
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took in a little badminton on Monday. Gates sat in the VIP seats at Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium with his wife, Melinda, and watched the second round of men's singles when China's Bao Chunlai defeated Guatemala's Kevin Cordon 21-17, 21-16 in the second round of men's singles.
"It was great, I was very impressed," Gates told reporters afterward. Asked if he was a fan of the game, Gates said: "I am now."
During the match Gates wrote in the Badminton World Federation's signature book: "Badminton is great."
On Monday the Gates' also attended the third day of
swimming events at the National Aquatics Center on Monday, where they sat directly behind President George W. Bush. The President was there with his wife Laura, daughter Barbara and entourage of Secret Service agents posing as fans.
Sitting directly in front of the Bush family was Mitt Romney and his wife Ann. Before serving as Governor of Massachusetts , Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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