Badminton that requires high fitness levels from its players is a racquet sport with at least two players. Two opposing players or pairs have to get into the positions on a rectangular court which is separated by a net. To score a point in the game, players must ensure that they hit the shuttlecock over the net and lands within the opponents’ side of court. Players score a point if their opponent fail to strike the shuttlecock and falls on the ground. Bear in mind that players can only strike once to get it over the other side of the net.
Besides high fitness levels, players must possess the required speed, accuracy and agility to win the game. Badminton was first introduced at the Olympics in 1992. To begin with, the history of badminton can be traced way back to a game in England practiced by children. It was then more commonly known as battledore and shuttlecock.
In addition the the children’s version, British army officers based in India also developed a grown up version to play during the free time. The grown-ups named the game as ‘poona.’ The aim of the game is to keep the ‘bird’ up in the air. Later on, a net is added for more excitement to the game. The game was officially known as badminton in Gloucestershire when a session was held at a lawn party.
To expand the sports worldwide, International Badminton Federation (IBF) was established in 1934 and currently, the federation has over 130 members from all over the world. Today, it is known that Asian countries dominate and are experts in the game. The people from Malaysia, China and Indonesia loved to watch badminton tournaments such as Thomas Cup and Uber Cup.
On another note, the game was brought into United States with the establishment of Badminton Club of New York back in 1878. The fact that a number of Hollywood personalities such as James Cagney, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as avid badminton players helped to elevate and promote the game among Americans. United States Badminton Association (USBA) was formed in an effort to promote and cultivate awareness on the game within the country.
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