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Badminton: A famous court or grass sport of accuracy

Manisha Ramadass is Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year
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Badminton is one of the most popular games that is played across the world. This game is so popular that in India we see some playing this game in the streets and park just to have fun.
Badminton is a court or grass game in which lightweight rackets and a shuttlecock are used.
The shuttlecock was historically a small cork hemisphere with 16 goose feathers affixed that weighed about 5 grams. These shuttles can still be used in contemporary play, but the Badminton World Federation also allows shuttles made of synthetic materials.

The sport’s origins can be traced back to ancient Greece, China, and India, and it is linked to the traditional children’s games battledore and shuttlecock. Badminton is a straight descendant of Poona, a game played by British army officers stationed in India in the 1860s. The first unofficial all-England men’s badminton championships were conducted in 1899, and the first women’s badminton tournament was held the following year.

The Badminton World Federation, the sport’s global governing organisation, was established in 1934. The first world championships of the BWF were contested in 1977. In various countries, regional, national and zonal badminton tournaments are conducted. The All-England Championships are the most well-known of these. The Thomas Cup for men’s team competition and the Uber Cup for women’s team competition are two other well-known worldwide tournaments.

Badminton debuted as a showcase sport in 1972 and as an exhibition sport in 1988 at the Olympic Games. It became a full-medal Olympic event in 1992, with competition for men’s and women’s singles and doubles. At the 1996 Olympics, mixed doubles debuted.

Athletes fight in best-of-three games in international competitions. A game is played to 21 points if the victor has at least a 2-point lead. If a two-point lead is not established, the first player or team to achieve 30 points wins. Until 2006, when the BWF adopted the “rally scoring” system, which allows either side to score at any moment, points were only awarded to the serving side.

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