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BADMINTON From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about the sport, for other uses, see badminton (disambiguation). Badminton is a recquat sport played using recquates to hit a shuttulecock acroces a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are singles (with one player per side) and doubles (with two-player sides). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal Games are Played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before over the net. The play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence ) the opposing side 1. The shuttlecock is a feathered or (in informal matches ) plastic projectile which flies differently from the balls used in many other sports. In particular, the father creates a much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly. Shuttlecock also has a high top speed compared to the balls in other racquet sports. The fight of the shuttlecock gives the sports its distinctive nature. The game developed in British India from the earlier game of battledore and shuttlecock. European play comes to be dominated by Denmark but the game has become very popular in Asia, with recent competitions dominated by China. Since 1992, badminton has been a Summer Olympic sport with four events: man’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s and women’s double {2}with mixed doubles added four years later. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent Fincess: players querier aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed, and protection. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet comments {3} why or when remains An 1854 depiction of battledore and shuttlecock by John Leech Games employing shuttlecocks have been played for centuries across Eurasia , [a] but the modern game of badminton developed in the mid-19th century among the British as a variant of the earlier game of battledore and shuttlecock . ("Battledore" was an older term for "racquet".) [4] Its exact origin remains obscure. The name derives from the Duke of Beaufort 's Badminton House in Gloucestershire , [5] but unclear. As early as 1860, a London toy dealer named Isaac Spratt published a booklet
entitled Badminton Battledore – A New Game , but no copy is known to have survived. [6] An 1863 article in The Cornhill Magazine describes badminton as "battledore and shuttlecock played with sides, across a string suspended some five feet from the ground".

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