Badminton

by BWT Admin
« Back to Glossary Index

Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two players (singles) or four players (doubles) who hit a shuttlecock back and forth over a high net. The objective of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and to land it within the opposing side’s court, with the aim of making it difficult or impossible for the opponent to return the shuttlecock.

Badminton can be played both indoors and outdoors, but it is usually played indoors because even the slightest wind can affect the flight of the shuttlecock. It is a popular sport around the world, particularly in countries like China, Indonesia, India, and Malaysia, and is also an Olympic sport.

A brief history of badminton

The history of badminton dates back to ancient civilizations, but the modern sport as we know it today originated in India in the mid-18th century. The game was called “Poona” or “Poonah” and was played by British army officers stationed in India.

The game was introduced to England in the 1860s, where it became popular among the upper classes. In 1877, the Badminton Association of England was founded, and the first official game rules were established.

In the early days of badminton, the game was played with a ball made of cork and Indian goose feathers, known as a shuttlecock. The game was played similarly to modern-day tennis, with a net dividing the court and players hitting the shuttlecock back and forth over the net.

In the 20th century, the game evolved, and synthetic materials were introduced, including plastic shuttlecocks and lightweight racquets made of materials like aluminum and graphite. The modern game of badminton is played on a rectangular court, with players hitting a shuttlecock over a high net and trying to make it land in their opponent’s court.

Today, badminton is played worldwide and is an Olympic sport. It has become particularly popular in countries like China, Indonesia, and India, which have produced many top players and champions in the sport.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy