The unseeded Russian duo of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov shocked the Badminton world first by defeating Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa in the men’s doubles final at the All England Open on Sunday and then by tragically performing a pat-a-cake-haka.
After embracing on the court, the pair decided to continue the celebrations with a very odd series of mildly coordinated movements. And most of those watching at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham will surely wish they hadn’t.
After a decent enough start, the haka soon turned into a timid rendition of pat-a-cake.
The Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Maori people of New Zealand.
It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
New Zealand’s national rugby side, the All Blacks, have commercialised the Haka and made it well known to the rest of the world.
Pat-a-cake is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English nursery rhymes that has entertained young children for generations.
If Ivanov and Sozonov were trying to replicate either of the above, then it would be strongly advised that they become more familiar with the routines. If they were simply trying to make fools of themselves, then they need not change a thing.