Badminton has a multicultural history. The rules of the modern game were developed in England, but it is now one of the most dominant sport in Asian Countries.

Between 1992 and 2008, Asian countries won 69 of the 76 medals in Olympic competition. The dominant countries are China, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, followed by Great Britain and Denmark.

DSport has listed down some interesting facts about the fastest racquet sport in the world. Have a look:

  • The fastest racquet sport in the world is badminton, with shuttlecock speeds reaching more than 200 miles per hour.
  • Badminton takes its name from Badminton House – home of the Duke of Beaufort in the English county of Gloucestershire. In 1873, the Duke is credited with bringing a version of the game – Poona (originated from Pune) – back from India and introducing it to his guests.
  • The first official badminton club was The Bath Badminton Club, established in 1877.
  • Badminton was introduced in the United States in the late 19th century and became a popular sport in the 1930s.
  • Feathers from the left wing of the goose make the best shuttlecocks. 16 feathers are used to make the shuttlecock and it weighs between 4.74 and 5.5 grams.
  • Badminton was first played as a sport in the Olympics in 1992.
  • Badminton was originally not called badminton. It went by the name Shuttlecock and Battledore. It was eventually named badminton after the Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England.
  • Badminton requires a player to have strength, endurance, agility, muscle power, quick reflexes, and speed endurance.
  • The longest match was 124 minutes and was played between Sun Jun from China and Peter Rasmussen from Denmark.
  • The shortest badminton match ever recorded was at the 1996 Uber Cup in Hong Kong, which lasted all of six minutes! Ra Kyung-min (South Korea) crushed Julia Mann (England) 11-2, 11-1 in that match.
  • Only three countries have ever won the Thomas Cup since the competition was established in 1848. The three countries include China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • There are over 150 member nations that belong to the International Badminton Federation.
  • Badminton racquets weight between 70 and 95 grams, without including the weight of the strings or grip.
  • Badminton game can be played as singles, doubles, or mixed doubles.

Top Badminton players from India

In India, the game existed before 1500 B.C. and was called “Poona”. It was named “Poona” because of its region of origin, which was city “Pune”.

In India, right from Prakash Padukone to SainaNehwal, lots of ace badminton players have brought glory to the nation on an international platform.

Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player from Karnataka. He won the national senior championship in 1971 at age of 16, thereby becoming the youngest player to have achieved the feat. In 1978, he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. He also won the All England Championship in 1980 and became the first Indian to do so.His victories in different championships proved to be the catalyst that eventually pushed badminton to the status of one of the most popular sports in India. He also has several other glorious titles to his name: World Cup, World Grand Prix, Danish and Swedish Opens.

Aparna Popat

Aparna Popat

Considered as one of the best female badminton player from India, she was India’s national champion for a record equalling nine times when she won all the senior national championships between 1997 and 2006. She participated in the World Junior Badminton Championship 1996 held at Denmark and won a Silver Medal at the tournament. She also won a Silver Medal against the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games 1998. She became the first Indian woman to win the French Open title.

Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand

Currently, the chief national coach for the Indian Badminton team, he is a former Indian badminton player. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy, which is one of the best badminton academies for budding players.

He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He also won two gold and one silver at the 1998 Indian national games and represented India in three Thomas Cup tournaments.

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

One of the best female shuttlers produced by India, Saina started her badminton training under the guidance of S.M. Arif, who was a Dronacharya awardee. Nehwal won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and became the first Indian to win a medal in the sport at the mega event. She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open on 21 June 2009.

P.V Sindhu

P.V Sindhu

India’s latest badminton heartthrob, PusarlaVenkata Sindhu (PV. Sindhu) added another feather to India’s glory recently by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016. In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championship. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. She is alsoa proud recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.

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