Badminton drives its name from the duke of
Beaufort’s house at Badminton in
Gloucestershire, where it developed from the
ancient children’s game of battledore and
became popular with the British Army in India,
and in the Puna in the mid-1870s the first rules
were drawn up.
became an Olympic sport in 1992,
badminton’s two main international events
were the Thomas Cup, the equivalent competition
singles court is not as wide as that used for
doubles, but in singles the service courts are
longer, stretching all the way to the back
standard badminton court is 44 feet long and 20
feet wide. The narrower singles court is marked
out inside the doubles court.
similar game to tennis, with serving areas
marked out. There is 14-feet-high net across the
RULES AND REGULATIONS
first to win two out of three games wins the
match. In each game the winner is the first to
15 points (11 points in women’s singles).
Points can only be won by the serving side. If a
series of shots is won a point is scored and the
server keeps serve until a point is lost. Then
the opposition takes over.
doubles the serve moves to your partner at the
first point lost; if they lose a point it moves
to the opposition. If the game is close and the
score becomes 13-13 a device called
‘setting’ is used. This is a
decision by the non-server either to play
through to the first to reach 15 points, or
‘set’ and play a further five points
through to 18. This also applies if the score
reaches 14-14 but only three points can be added
RECORDS SET IN THE GAME
Malaysia, Indonesia, China and latterly
South Korea have dominated world badminton.
South Korean Park Joo-Bong, born in 1964, won
the doubles title at the Olympics with his
partner Kim Moon-Soo. This was the culmination
of Park Joo-Bong winning a record number of
world titles from 1985 through to 1991 in
men’s and mixed
DID YOU KNOW?
to be a fine pairing. On 4 August 1992, Susi
Susanti won the first ever Olympic gold for
Indonesia in the women’s badminton singles
at Barcelona. Her future husband, Allan Budi,
won the men’s singles gold.
British badminton player Sir George Thomas held
21 men’s titles, a record, between 1903
and 1928. He was the donor of the famous Thomas
Cup for the sport. He proved an all-round
sportsman, also representing England at tennis
and … chess!
Devlin family of England achieved a record 35
titles in the All-England championships between
them from 1922. Judy Devlin made the achievement
international when she won 29 US