What is Badminton & Its History

Badminton is a sport that is little known in the world, many people tend to relate it to other sports, however, it is a different activity with a dynamic very similar to tennis but that has its own game, regulations and techniques, it is an Olympic sports discipline where face two players or they can be two pairs, both teams will be located on the sides of a court that right in the middle of it will be a network, which will divide the space.

What is Badminton?

The players will use a racket that will serve to hit the shuttlecock(equipment of the game) so that it can surpass the net and fall in rival territory, with the aim of scoring points, it is worth noting that the point will be valid when the shuttle touches the ground. It is important to know that Badminton does not use balls like other racquet sports, but a shuttle that is an open cone-shaped implement that also has sixteen feathers around a cork base which is covered with a leather-covered surface. The steering wheel is also known as a pen or trigger.

what is badminton

The practitioner of this high-performance physical activity must have a good resistance, since it is a very fast sport and athletes who wish to practice it at a professional level must have an aerobic endurance, complemented by strength and speed, as well as having a domain of the racket and have a technical capacity where mental and physical coordination are on par.

Badminton is one of the least popular sports in much of the world however it is practiced in very specific countries and that are great power such is the case of: Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Denmark, South Korea and England in the same way Europe has been having a quite important increase in the badminton practice, since its effort to perfect the techniques and speed is visible.

It is a game that does not discriminate gender, can be played in four modalities individually male or female, in male partners or female partners and also mixed, that is, male and female. All you need to have the best badminton racket, badminton shoes and shuttlecock to start playing the game.

A match is composed of three games, being a match to the best of three this means that whoever wins in the first two games wins. It aims to get the 21 points first before the rival team of the game does. If it were the case that both reach 29 x 29 points who scored first point 30 is the winner.

The game starts when the referee throws the coin up to know how to choose between the service to the winner and the field.

History of Badminton

history of badminton

This sports discipline dates back to the nineteenth century, where it emerged was in Asia exactly in India there was called Poona (a city that was in the western state of Maharashtra and space where it was originally played). According to historians some British saw the game in India and decided to move it to England, fact happened in the year 1. 875. That’s when the Duke of Beaufort is interested in this sport because it is often practiced on his country estate Gloucestershire.

Shortly after in year 1. 890 is carried and stable in the United States also in the Canadian country. In this way, the first National Badminton Association was created in the US territory in the year 1895. At that time, certain rules of the game were established and unified, after which the first men’s tournament in England was held at 1. 899 and then the first women’s tournament in the year 1,900.

Thus Badminton was established in determining countries, in Canada the Badminton Association was created in 1. 931 and the American Association in 1. 936. It should be noted that the initial tournaments in the United States were held in 1. 937 in the city of Chicago

On the other hand, different countries came together to create the International Badminton Federation, so this sport became stronger and marked great determination in the population, contributing in the same way to its expansion. The participating countries were Scotland, Ireland, France, New Zealand, England, Wales, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada.

The best badminton player in America focuses on the Olympic Games

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The Guatemalan Kevin Cordón, double Pan-American champion of badminton and better classified of the continent in the world ranking (48), dreams of going for the third time to the Olympic Games and thus improve his participation in London 2012, where he was among the first 16 players of the planet.

The 28-year-old sportsman said in an interview with Efe, his satisfaction with the recent gold medal obtained at the Toronto Pan American Games, but also warned that he has a new goal and that his dreams and hopes are focused on the Olympic event. of Rio de Janeiro 2016.

“I never think I’m the best player on the continent, it’s good to celebrate the moment, but staying on the podium is a mistake,” said the athlete, originally from a town in the department of Zacapa, located 185 kilometers northeast of the city. Guatemala.

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“The dream of every athlete is to qualify for an Olympic Games.” Winning an Olympic medal is something I do not think about, but not because of something bad, but because it would be unforgettable, “said Cordón, who will have to look for his ticket to Rio de Janeiro. 2016 through its classification in the ranking of the World Badminton Federation.

Cordón was eliminated in the first round of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 but at the London 2012 event his luck changed and he was among the 16 best players in the world after passing the initial phase of the competition, although he was eliminated in the second round. final by the Japanese Sho Sasaki, ranked on the seventh step at that time.

“The sacrifices have been hard, but in the end, you do not do them out of obligation, but to reach a goal,” says the Guatemalan, who has practically dominated badminton in America during the last decade.

Cordón was credited with the silver medal at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro and later, in the editions of Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015, he confirmed his dominance with two gold medals.

“The main thing is training, it is part of the life that one chooses,” admits the athlete, who sees in leaving the family one of the greatest sacrifices involved in the high-level sport.

“It hurts to leave them, that’s the first sacrifice, then the routine tires and causes stress, but if you love what you do and have clear commitments, obstacles are overcome,” explained the lefty, who first took a racket at 15 years and he forgot professionally about his other passion, soccer.

The path of Cordón has not been easy: in 2013 his brother Marvin died in a traffic accident and a total rupture of the cruciate ligament in his left knee threatened the continuity of his career in the same year.

With tears of joy, the Guatemalan certified his return to the sport of high level at the end of 2014, when winning the gold medal of the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz 2014, a step forward in his goal to return to play an Olympic Games.

“As life goes by, you learn many things, many values,” says Cordón, who confesses that he only takes time off on Sundays, a day in which he rarely trains.

“In the end, that’s what counts: how one grows and what he learns as a person The athlete has a long or short life, but it ends.” The person continues, “concluded the Zacapaneco, aware that fame is not going to get lift the feet of the earth.

How to Run a Badminton Tournament

It is October 23, 2000, as I got this down. For many years now I have been involved in organizing local and national tournaments in our Gym, and with the help of many others, this has generally been considered a success. Over the years we have assembled a large number of notes and now computer programs that may be of some use to the community. Right now I am in the middle of running the annual DC Open, where we typically get about 150 or so players from mostly Region-I of the USAB.


Here’s an outline of the whole process, from registration to post-tournament reporting, in terms of TourneyTools, a suite of programs and scripts to aid in running such a tournament. I hope to flesh this out sometime later, after the tournament no doubt. The notes will be a bit technical, and still incomplete and opaque in places:

  1. assume you have a web server running
  2. write a registration form, e.g. using HTML form. Look at this for one of my recent examples.
  3. write a CGI-script that will process the above form by sending a set of keyword=value pairs via an email message. See my example dcopen.c, a small C program that compiles with the apache source-code, but needs their util.c to complete the link.
  4. Here is a version was written in Perl, that we used for the senior nationals: seniors.pl. It contains a few stupid redundant buttons (e.g. number of events, sum/sum1/sum2) which should have been computed from the entered events.
  5. manually, or via procmail, place the incoming emails in a special mail folder for further processing. this mail folder will be the database.
  6. Here comes the dirty work: players cannot spell their own name, let alone that of their partner. some don’t even know first from last name (that’s cultural to begin with), they are not consistent in use of upper, lower or use of capitalization. some of it can be programmed, but most not. Basically, you will need to edit this database. To allow users to edit their own entry after submission is asking for trouble. An expert needs to do this. A set of scripts (described below) will help to identify these problems.
  7. A set of scripts and programs will do most of this checking. For example, it will create a list of each event with the teams, and in the case of a (mixed) doubles, checking if player A and player B both registered with each other as partner and encoding errors in the output. In this example, you can see how it came raw out of the database.
  8. Pairs of teams, where this is possible, are made up, and a complete list of teams is studied by the seeding committee. They will come up with a 1st, and 2nd seed, and depending on the size of the draw, a 3/4rd seed and shadow seeds for the 5th-8th places. The remainder of the players is more-or-less randomly (resolving some geographic conflicts) sprinkled into a (predefined set of points of the) draw. Here you can see the sorted list, I’ve added some comments in the form of lines that start with the # symbol.
  9. A program makes draw turns this ranked list into a draw. This is again a simple ASCII file, but now containing the location of the players in this draw. Again, you can comment your files for personal usage. Version 0.8 (March 2002) now correctly implements the IBF rules for placing byes in the draw for any arbitrary size draw using a nice little recursive formula I happen to empirically derive. See comments in the code.
  10. A program draw plot turns a draw into a human-readable plot, which can be annotated and filled in during the tournament at the desk. Normally we now keep a laptop/computer at the desk, and as matches have been played, fill them into this ASCII file. Once all the draws have been filled out, draw plot can also compute some simple statistics, such as the number of matches played etc.
  11. The draw plot program can also generate a list of all players that lost in the 1st or 2nd round. This has always been the way we create A/B/C/D drop-down events, and can be very rewarding for the players, but is a major time sink for the tournament desk. Now creating a list is just a snap. The list has only to be sorted by strength of the players, and fed into make draw to create the dropped down to draw.
  12. Another nice idea is the express check-in. Those who pay in advance, give the correct USAB number, and sent in the consent form, will get priority check-in, and receive a red card. All other players need to be processed at registration time before they get the red card. Only red card holders will be allowed access on the courts. The red card contains also their events. It can also be used for other purposes (e.g. a lottery ).