Olympic Sport – Badminton

Olympics Badminton history

Here is an interesting fact about badminton I bet you did not know. This sport originated in India !! Long ago remember when British ruled India? For fun they played a game called ‘Battledore’ -( meaning bat) which was used to hit a shuttlecock. They added net to this game while playing it one day in the city named ‘Poona'(Now known as Pune). The new game was called ‘Poona’ for a long time. Now a days it is known as Badminton.

In the game, players hit a shuttlecock over the net into their opponents’ half. The aim is to score points by hitting the shuttlecock and not let it fall. Badminton is a fast sport. Players need to be very fit, have quick reactions and excellent judgment of the shuttlecock. Doubles players must be able to work together perfectly as a team.

In Olympics there are five medal events for badminton: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Indians participating in London Olympics 2012 for these events are:
Parupalli Kashyap(Badminton Men’s Singles)
Saina Nehwal(Badminton Woman’s Singles)
Jwala Gutta, Valiyaveetil Diju(Mixed Doubles)
Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponna(Women’s Doubles)

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