Why is badminton so popular in Asia?

One of the reasons is economical

by BWT Admin

Badminton is a sport that is synonymous with Asia. In three of the four most populous countries in the world, badminton’s popularity is very high. The three countries are China, India, and Indonesia.

The significant number of people in Asia who play badminton and the continent’s dominance in international competitions are two reasons that reflect the popularity of badminton in Asia. It is reinforced by the attention of local media, which are aggressively reporting on this sport.

Since badminton was introduced as an Olympic sport in Barcelona in 1992, only three of the 39 gold medals have been won by non-Asian athletes. And at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Switzerland, all but one of the 20 medals went to Asia. Such success helps the game at all levels on the continent.

The dominance of Asia’s badminton players at the top level helps to inspire others to pick up a racket, which in turn creates a healthy playing base. According to a 2018 survey carried out by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), one in eight Malaysians play more badminton than soccer, which is usually regarded as the nation’s favorite game.

“Badminton requires little space and is an economically friendly sport,” said Haresh Deol, co-founder of Twentytwo13, a Kuala Lumpur-based news site, as reported by Nikkei Asia. “All you need is a racket and a shuttlecock, and even without the net, two players can already play a simplified version of the sport, which is common in many neighborhoods in Malaysia.”

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