Badminton is one of the most popular sports in the world and has been around for a very long time. Its popularity is spreading rapidly across the US. In this paper, I will discuss the history and origin of badminton, the rules, and the facts that I found interesting in badminton.
Badminton originated in India and then went on to China, Japan and Thailand. An early version of this game in china used a shuttlecock but not a racket. Instead, the shuttle was manipulated with feet. In England, it was called shuttlecock and was hit with a wooden paddle by children. British army officers began to play it as a competition in Pune, India where badminton got its first name; Poona. In 1877 the first-ever set of rules were invented for badminton along with the first badminton club.
In the traditional scoring system, men’s singles games were played to 15 points and women’s singles which was played up to 11. A match was decided by the best of three games. Only the serving players were able to score a point. In doubles, both players of a pair would serve before the service returned to the other side.
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In 1992 people made new rules saying that if the players were tied at 13-13 or 14-14 (9-9 or 10-10 for women’s singles), the player who had first reached that score could decide elect set and play to 17 (or to 13 for women’s singles). In December 2005 the IBF experimented with the scoring system, intending both to regulate the playing time and to simplify the system for television viewers. Games were lengthened to 21 points. However, the new scoring system makes the game duration significantly shorter.
The experiment ended in May 2006, and the IBF ruled that the new scoring system would be adopted from August 2006 and on. Players win a rally by striking the shuttle onto the floor within the boundaries of their opponents’ court. Players also win a rally if their opponents commit a fault. The most common fault in badminton is when the players fail to return the shuttle so that it passes over the net and lands inside their opponents’ court. If a let is called, the rally is stopped and replayed with no change to the score. Lets may occur due to some unexpected disturbance such as a shuttle landing on court.
For my interesting facts section I am going to bullet each thing;
131 countries are members of the International Badminton Federation.
Badminton is the world’s fastest racket sport: a shuttle can leave the racket at a speed of almost 200 mph.
A badminton player can cover more than one mile in just one match.
The best shuttles are made from the feathers from the left-wing of a goose (does it really matter what side????).
16 feathers are used to make a shuttle.
The first US championships in Chicago in 1937 were played on 21 courts.
badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 more than 1.1 billion people watched badminton’s Olympic debut on TV.
The two most successful badminton countries are China and Indonesia which between them have won 70% of all IBF events.
The biggest shuttle in the world can be found on the lawns of the Kansas City Museum – 48 times larger than the real thing, 18 feet tall and weighing 5000 pounds.
Crowds of up to 15000 are common for major badminton tournaments in Malaysia and Indonesia.
In conclusion to the information on this paper, you can see that badminton is a well-known sport. It is a highly active game that has been well thought out and played by millions of people.
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