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Video: Hong Kong World Cup squad in training, Cheung Chau

The sport is called Jianzi (毽子). Most often seen being played by old folk in Chinese parks and public spaces, in its recreational form, it is a game of improbable behind-the-back shots and strange flicks that you are sure must be easier than they look if a bunch of sixty-year olds can pull them off so effortlessly. It is also, believe it or not, the national sport of Vietnam.

I spotted these guys playing in the square near Cheung Chau Praya on Saturday. Every time I took my phone out to film them, the shuttlecock would be on the floor within about four seconds. When I put it away, they turned into freestyling world-beaters again. So it goes. Still, there were some killer moves on display. Check out the clip.

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