Did Russian badminton players perform worst ever haka?

Russian badminton players have been accused of performing the worst haka ever at the All England Open.

"Offensive to indigenous New Zealanders or just a bit of fun?" was how the Daily Mail headlined the story, after Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov celebrated victory in the final against Japan with a wild version of the haka.

The Russians gave themselves a hug then took up well orchestrated positions and performed a haka, complete with screaming and a couple of high fives.

The Daily Mail concluded: "The performance has been deemed one of the worst hakas of all time, competing with the notorious 'smiling' version from the international New Zealand team."

- NZ Herald

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