the game is to keep the shuttle from hitting the ground without using hand. Whether this sport
has anything to do with the History of Badminton is up for debate. It was however the first
game thatuses a Shuttle.About five centuries later, a game named Battledore and Shuttlecock was
played in china,Japan, India and Greece. This is a game where you use the Battledore (a paddle)
to hit the Shuttlecock back and forth. By the 16th century, it has become a popular game among
children in England. In Europe this game was known as jeu de volant to them.
A contemporary form of badminton – a game called Poon, was played in India in the 1800s where a net was
introduced and players hit the shuttlecock across the net. British officers in the mid 1800’s took
this game back to England and it was introduced as a game for the guests of the Duke of Beaufort
at his stately home ‘Badminton’ in Gloucestershire, England where it became popular.
In 1873, the Duke of Beaufort held a lawn party in his country place, Badminton. A game of
Poona wasplayed on that day and became popular among the British society's elite. The new party
sport became known as "the Badminton game". In 1877, the Bath Badminton Club was
formed and developed the first official set of rules.
In March 1898, the first Open Tournament was held at Guildford the first 'All England'Championships
were held the following year. Denmark, the USA and Canada became ardent followers of the game during
the 1930s and in 1934,
The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was formed in 1934 with 9 founding members.
England | Ireland | Scotland | Wales | Denmark | Holland | Canada | New Zealand | France
India joined as an affiliate in 1936.
The first major IBF tournament was the Thomas Cup (world men's team championships) in 1948.
Sincethen, the number of world events has increased with the addition of the Uber Cup
(ladies' team), World Championships, Sudirman Cup (mixed team), World Juniors and the World
Grand Prix Finals.
Badminton was introduced as a Commonwealth Games program sport in Kingston Jamaica in 1966 and has
been part of every Commonwealth Games program since. Initially all five disciplines were
included – singles (men, women), doubles (men, women) and mixed doubles with the Teams Event included in
the program in later Commonwealth Games. Australia has won 11 medals at the Commonwealth Games
badminton events.Badminton is a relatively new Olympic Games sport. After being a demonstration sport
in Munich in 1972, badminton became an Olympic sport in Barcelona in 1992 with the singles and
doubles disciplines introduced for the first time in the Olympic Games. In Atlanta in 1996,
a mixed doubles event was included and this is the only mixed doubles event in all of the Olympic
sports.Only five countries have won the gold medals since its introduction in 1992 – China (8),
Indonesia (5) and Korea (5) and Denmark (1). Susi Susanti from Indonesia won the women’s singles
in Barcelona, becoming Indonesia’s first medallist in the 40 years Indonesia had competed at the
Games. In the same Olympic Games, Alan Budi Kusama won Indonesia’s second gold medal in the
men’s badminton singles.