To many people in the sport of badminton
falls right in there with backyard BBQ’s and family reunions; a fun, outdoor sport that is only taken seriously when
trying to outdo your aggressive cousin Katie or your overconfident Aunt Bernie.
Yes, badminton is a great summer game, but it is not
just a relaxing backyard pastime. It is a very competitive, physically demanding Olympic sport that requires a great deal
of coordination, fitness, strategy and stamina.
The sport of badminton was first seen at the Olympic
level as a demonstration sport at the Olympic summer games of 1972. Then, at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, Korea, badminton
was selected as an exhibition sport. A success, badminton made its debut as a full medal sport in 1992 at the Olympic games
in Barcelona, Spain.
Well, how did the sport badminton develop? Although
the origin of the sport as we know it is questionable, it is certain that it began on the Asian continent. It is believed
that it was born thousands of years ago in ancient China in the 5th Century BC and was then called Ti Jian Zi, or shuttlecock
kicking. The modern version of the game, however, is traced back to India where “Poona” matches (very similar
to lawn tennis) were contested during the 1800’s.
Badminton sure has come a long way. Established in the
U.S. in 1878, the first club was formed in New York City. It quickly became a popular sport in the metropolis and was especially
accepted by the elite society.
This brings us to today where the sport of badminton
is increasing ever so rapidly. In 2001 the total number of participants who regularly played badminton (25 times in 1 year)
in the U.S. was 1,015,000; that is a jump from 922, 000 people in 1999. In addition, the total number of attendance at sanctioned
badminton events in the U.S is 10,000.
History’s important, but what about the game itself?
Some may wonder how a badminton match is played. Well, a badminton game consists of 15 points, except for women’s singles,
which has 11 points. The best of three games constitutes a match and only the serving side can score points.
Although winning is always fun, it’s not always
going to be the outcome. Here are some excuses to use when you fall short in a game of badminton:
Badminton is often called the “sleeping giant.”
This is due to the fact that the sport has the potential of becoming the next “Boom Sport” in the United States.
Much like soccer, badminton is on the rise. Yes, people are still playing it at their Fourth of July and Labor Day picnics,
but it is also now much more widespread, then let's say, 10 years ago.
Partaking in a game of badminton
always proves to be a good time. As with anything, however, too much of something can be a problem. Badminton “junkies”
have given us a few signs to look out for that may lead to you too becoming a badminton addict. So have fun, but beware!