The History Of Badminton

shuttle cock and bat

The History Of Badminton by Teresa McEachern

In fifth century China they played Ti Jian Zi, a game where they kicked a shuttlecock with their feet & tried to keep it in the air as long as possible. There was a game similar to badminton played 2,000 years ago in Ancient Greece. In the 1600's Europe was playing Jeu de Volant with a racquet, but still not with a net. In England it was called Battledores (paddles) & Shuttlecock, and was played mostly by children.

When the British Army was stationed in India in the 1860's, they played badminton but added a net to make it more competitive. They called it Poona because they were stationed there (also called Puna, in the central division of Bombay). When they came home they brought the game with them.

In 1873, the Duke of Beaufort held a lawn party at his country estate called Badminton where they played Poona on the lawn. They game was a hit and was being played by the Victorian elite across Britain, who now called it 'Badminton'. It was soon played indoors as well, on an hourglass shaped court.

In 1877 the Bath Badminton Club was formed, and set the first rules of the game which are basically the same as we use today. In 1893 the Badminton Association of England was formed with 14 clubs. The first championship was held in 1899. In 1901 it was officially accepted that the badminton court be rectangular. Badminton came to America in 1878 in a New York club, but it didn't become popular until the 1930s.

In 1934 the International Federation of Badminton was formed with Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. The US joined in 1938. The IBF planned to hold the first international championship in 1939, but it was cancelled due to World War II and couldn't be held until 1949. Today they have over 150 countries as members.

Badminton became a medal status Olympic sport in 1992 at Barcelona. Asian countries won 14 out of 15 medals that year.

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