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Page history last edited by Helena Baert 11 years, 5 months ago

First Author: Alex and Allison

History of Badminton


Badminton was a game that began in ancient times and has continued to thrive and evolve over time. 

  • The Chinese were the first to play a game related to badminton that used a shuttle in the 5th Century [1]
  • Five centuries later a game appeared in Greece, China, Japan and India called Battledore and Shuttlecock 
    • Battledore refers to the raquet and the game was played by trying to keep the shuttlecock in the air





  • During the 16th century the Europeans began playing the game and when the Soldiers brought back word of the way the game was played in India in the 1860's with a net then the Europeans began playing with a net as well.




  • Badminton was launched in 1873 at the Badminton House, Gloucestershire owned by the Duke of Beaufort. 


  • The Duke of Beaufont had a party in 1877 and declared the game played at his party "the Badminton game" [2]

  • Since the Duke brought it into popularity the game has since grown into a popular that has organizations and clubs devoted to the game
    • The Bath Badminton Club- founded in 1877
    • Thomas Cup (Men's Tournament)
    • Uber Cup (Women's Tournament)


  • The Badminton Association of England published the first set of rules in 1893 launched badminton in a house called "Dunbar" at 6 Waverley Grove, Portsmouth, England on September 13th.
  • In 1899, the first badminton competition in the world took place, called The All England Badminton Championships.[3]

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  • In 1934, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was founded by Canada, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. India joined in 1936. Presently, the BWF regulates badminton internationally.[4]



  • Badminton was officially recognized as an Olympic sport during the 1992 games.









  1. http://www.sportsknowhow.com/badminton/history/badminton-history.shtml
  2. http://www.badminton-information.com/history-of-badminton.html
  3. http://www.usm.edu/badminton/History.htm
  4. http://www.usm.edu/badminton/History.htm

Comments (2)

Helena Baert said

at 4:35 pm on Feb 17, 2009

Make sure the references are put into footnotes Alex! Check the syllabus for more info! (see wiki guide)

Helena Baert said

at 5:03 pm on Feb 13, 2009

Excellent work! Complete credit is given!

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