Joan Frances Alejandro 11- STEM BADMINTON Badminton is a racket sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles). Players score points by hitting the shuttlecock with the racket so that it passes over the net and lands on the opponents’ half of the court. The goal is to first score 21 points, having a difference of 2 points between the opposing players to finish the game. This sport is commonly played as a casual recreational activity in a yard or garden. However, formal games are always played indoors where the shuttlecock flight is not affected by the wind. The basic skills in badminton are not difficult to master and a beginner will only need minimal equipment to get started. This a great fitness sport for people of all ages. HISTORY OF BADMINTON Games involving shuttlecocks such as China’s jianzi (similar to Philippines’ sipa) have been played for centuries, but the game of badminton we know today was developed from a known game in Asia and Europe named Battledore and Shuttlecock. By the 16 th century, this game of hitting the shuttlecock with a battledore (a paddle) became popular among kids in England. The game was adopted by the British Army officers stationed in India in the 1860s, at which time it was called Poona. This game is much like the Battledore and Shuttlecock but with an added net. The game was taken back to England by the retired officers. In 1873, Poona was introduced as a game for the guests from royal families at a lawn party hosted by the Duke of Beaufort at his stately home- the Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England where the game became popular as an upper class amusement. People began calling the new party sport “the Badminton game”. The sport was played under the Poona rules until 1887 when the Bath Badminton Club was formed and developed the first official set of rules. The International Badminton Federation was
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