Badminton was first played in England, but it is now Asian countries that dominate the sport, giving it a real international flavour. This racket sport is named after Badminton House, the home of the Duke of Beaufort. In 1873, the Duke is credited with bringing a version of the game back from India and introducing it to his guests.
Brief overview of the rules
Badminton is a racket sport that is played indoors by either opposing two players or two pairs, who take positions on opposite halves of a court that is divided by a net. The players use a shuttlecock – a projectile with a crown of feathers in a conical shape – rather than a ball. Players must win two games of 21 points to win the match.
Badminton made its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It was not until the 1992 Games in Barcelona that it was officially included on the Olympic programme. Men’s and women’s singles and doubles events were held and a mixed doubles event first featured in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Asia has dominated the competition ever since. From 1992 to 2016, China, Indonesia and South Korea took home 79 of the 108 Olympic medals contested, with Asian countries winning 90 badminton medals overall.
International federation : Badminton World Federation (BWF)
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