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Ezekiel Macario: Give badminton a try

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BADMINTON is known for its fast-paced action and is one of the main reasons why local athlete Ezekiel Macario loves the game and encourages others to take interest in the sport.

At a glance, badminton may look like an “easy” sport, but it all comes down to skill, speed and reaction time. “When I first started, I personally thought badminton would not be challenging, but as you progress and challenge higher-level players, it becomes more interesting. And just like any other sport, the main benefit from playing badminton is that you get to exercise. I would encourage people to give it a try.”

Macario, 23, has grown to love the sport since he was in sixth grade. He had to prioritize college from 2015 to 2019, but he is now back in action with the CNMI badminton team.

Throughout his career, Macario has won titles in singles and doubles tournaments on Saipan. He also saw action on the neighboring island of Guam where he claimed first place in the mixed doubles division and third place in the men's doubles.

 

This 2019 photo shows Ezekiel Macario about to hit an incoming shuttle during the Guam Badminton Invitational Tournament at the John F. Kennedy Gymnasium. Photo provided by Ezekiel Macario

Macario said the back-and-forth action in badminton is more than enough to keep the players on their toes. “What interests me the most about badminton is its speed especially when top-level players are on the court,” he added. 

With the help of the Northern Marianas Badminton Association, Macario and other players were given the chance to further hone their skills while representing the CNMI in the 2019 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa. “NMBA has given me and other players great opportunities that I just wouldn’t have if I never got into badminton,” he said. 

Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, he can still practice with his team. “We are at the gym three to four times a week. We also jog, bike or hike. Of course, when we’re doing any of these activities we observe safety procedures,” he said.

 

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