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Badminton at the Olympics: pride, participation and prestige

Badminton at the Olympics: pride, participation and prestige

Badminton has been part of the Olympics since the Barcelona games in 1992, although it was a demonstration sport at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The current event offers the opportunity gold medal success across 5 events - men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The competition is played as a straight elimination format - best of 3 games, up to 21 points, with a player needing to win by 2 clear points or reach 30 points. Historically, China have been the most successful country at the Olympics, followed by South Korea and Indonesia. We caught...

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Badminton grassroots: how to get your child into playing badminton

Badminton grassroots: how to get your child into playing badminton

Sweatband spoke to ex-professional badminton player and coach, Tom Wolfenden about badminton at the grassroots and the routes to getting your child into badminton. Tom opened ‘First of all, badminton is such a great and underrated sport. For me it is one of the best, most exciting and physically demanding sports. Not only that but it is also really fun and very social too. I would encourage all parents to allow their children to try badminton’. First of all, parents will want to involve their children in a number of sports and activities, whether this is to improve hand-eye coordination...

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Badminton history: origins, popularity and the future

Badminton history: origins, popularity and the future

History Badminton is thought to have originated from a game called Battledore and Shuttelcock, played in Ancient Greece and then spreading East to India and China.Although, a net wasn’t introduced to the game until the mid 1800’s. India was the first country to introduce the net to the game of badminton. They then drew up the first official rules for badminton in Pune, in 1873. The British army officers at the time (who were stationed in India) started to play the game and are then thought to have brought the game back to England. In those days, badminton was enjoyed...

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Badminton fundamentals: how to play the key badminton strokes

Badminton fundamentals: how to play the key badminton strokes

In short, badminton is a sport that can be played by volleying a shuttlecock over a very high net. Unlike tennis, the rackets used in badminton are extremely light, long-handled, and thin. Like most ball or racket sports, choosing the correct shot in badminton is essential for success. For this reason, if you are a beginner, you must go about learning the different types of shots that are associated with this game. On top of this, you will need to understand some of the fundamentals of badminton. There are various ways in which you can go about improving your game,...

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Three Benefits Of Badminton You’ve Never Heard Before

Three Benefits Of Badminton You’ve Never Heard Before

There are benefits common to all sports. You get fitter as you play, and as you need an opponent(s) or a partner there’s a highly social element, which creates commitment to playing and a feel-good factor afterwards. As your game improves, you want to play more and play better, which is when you begin to blend additional training alongside play. But badminton has some exclusive plus points that distinguish it from other sports. On top of the general benefits of badminton, there are some very specific upsides to playing this game. 1. More propulsions than other racket sports The net...

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Six Health Benefits And Reasons To Play Badminton

Inside Badminton | All England Championships | With Tom Wolfenden

What is special about the All England Championships for a player?


It’s the next biggest tournament behind the Olympics and World Championships. It so well known for it’s prestige. For me, having the home crowd in such a big tournament made it so special. I remember the first time I played it, watching the crowd move to sit behind my court to watch a support. I had never experienced before, it gave me chills. Then the feeling of winning games in front of the crowd, it is amazing and something I will never forget.

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