How Badminton Got Its Name

April 12, 2011 | Life & Leisure, Sports

Badminton is a very popular sport that can be played in singles or doubles. It can be an indoor or outdoor game and could be played by any person. Originally, the shuttlecock used is made up of 16 goose’s left wings officially weighing 4.74 to 5.50 grams, the standard weight of the shuttle. The world’s biggest shuttle can be found in the Museum of Kansas City which is approximately forty eight times larger than the standard size. It is 18 feet tall, weighs 2,500 and serves as an emblem of the city.

Way back in the mid year of 18th century, Badminton was brought in India as the past time activity of the British military officers who are dispersed in the country. They called this game the Game of Battledore or shuttlecock. Others called it Poona since it is specifically created in the British military battalion in the town of Poona India. And Poona becomes popular in the area. However, after many years, this game was brought to England by the retired officers who invented the game.

In the year 1873, the new sport, called the Battledore, started its regime at the Badminton House, Gloucestershire which is owned by the famous Duke of Beaufort. And the Game of Badminton is officially known as Badminton, after the name of the place where it was inaugurated.

Badminton was played in England under the rules of the British India until such time in the year 1887 where the Bath Badminton Club standardized the rules to make the game appropriate to the ideas of English people. The new set of Badminton’s rules is launched in house of Dunbar at Portsmouth England. The opening of the first badminton competition in the world happens in England in the year 1899.

The first Badminton Olympics held in the year 1992 participated by its 150 member nations including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and European countries where the first two nations known as the most successful countries in the field of badminton by winning the 75% of all the International Badminton Federation (IBF)events held every year in different countries of the world. The shortest single match took only six minutes and the longest match is about 1 hour and 4 minutes.

Our world’s famous and top players of badminton are:

1.Chong Wei Lee (Malaysian professional badminton player) known as the world’s number one badminton player, who took back his rank from Lin Dan for two years in the year 2006 up to the present.

2. Lin Dan. Is known as the most successful player in his time of reigns after winning the championship against Chong Wei Lee from 2004 to 2006 and several other tournaments he competed.

3. Taufik Hikayat. Another world champion known as the “Great” in net controlling which make it difficult for his opponent to read his shots. At the age of 16, he won in the Brunei Open, at the age of 17 in the final of All England and was rank as the world’s champion in men’s singles at the age of 18.

There are still a lot of famous champions in badminton who obtain lot of awards and fame in numbers of tournament they have attended. This article focuses only the most recent events.

Recommended Articles:

Interesting Facts: Bowling

Golf:  Origin and Facts

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply