Origin: The Chinese played the game shuttle-kicking in the fifth century B.C., and ancient Greeks developed a variation more than 2,000 years ago. By the 1600s, “battledore and shuttlecock” was a popular children’s game, and in the mid-nineteenth century, British officers stationed in India added a net, thus inventing a game that looked a lot like modern badminton. Badminton 5.0 was launched in 1873 at Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England, the country estate of the Duke of Beaufort.
Olympic sport: Yes. Debuted in 1992 as a full-medal sport.
Why they play: “Badminton is very energy-intensive and can really train a player’s reflexes. You can’t win by just hitting the shuttle as hard as you can.” Eddie Lau (SMG’11)
Record for speed of shuttle: 206 mph
What good is it? “Roger Federer played badminton when he was a child. People always say Federer has really good footwork. That’s because he played badminton. Any advanced badminton players will tell you that footwork is probably the most important part of badminton.” Eddie Lau
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