Part of the Olympics since Barcelona
1992, badminton is the world's fastest racket sport; the flight of the shuttlecock has
been recorded at speeds of over 260km/h.
It stands to reason that the players need plenty of speed, agility,
lightning-fast reflexes and plenty of stamina to keep up with the game at its highest
Especially popular in Asia and Europe, badminton first appeared in the
mid-19th century, having evolved from the game battledore and shuttlecock; which can be
traced back to ancient Greece, China, Japan and India.
There are five events in Olympic badminton: men's singles, men's
doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
Each event involves a single-elimination tournament, with the top
eight players or pairs seeded.
A badminton match is won on a best of three games; with the toss of a
coin deciding who serves, to start the game.
Only the serving side can score points.
The winning team needs 15 points in doubles matches and men's singles,
and 11 points in women's singles.
and Jun Gu,
from Chjina, completely destroyed their opposition in the women's doubles at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
Gu played as the backcourt attacker while Ge protected the net.
Manor Park Place, Rutherford Way, Cheltenham, GL51 9TU, United Kingdom.
The official home of world badminton.
Badminton Association of England:
The BAofE is badminton's governing body in England and actively promotes and encourages
its development from grass roots, through local leagues and county organisations to the
Promoting the game of badminton in Australia.
The members of Badminton Canada look to Badminton Canada as the body responsible for
developing world class Canadian badminton players capable of competing favourably in all
major national and international tournaments.
The national governing body for the sport of badminton in the United States, oversees all
U.S. badminton competition and prepares the best players in America for the Olympic Games.
Profiles of the Olympic badminton players representing Denmark.
Badminton Resource Sites
A very nice looking badminton resource with links in the country info section.
Badminton information website with an online community dedicated to the exchange of
information and sharing of love of the game of badminton in the badminton forum.