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  • Badminton: Not Just For Picnics

    People who are not really “into” the game think that Badminton is that game we all play at family picnics and in the backyard, right?

    However as a sport, Badminton is played indoors and with much more high-tech equipment. Various proportions of complex alloys of carbon graphite, boron, ceramic, aluminum and steel go into the making of modern rackets, which are, in fact very light, may weigh less than 3.5 ounces and can be strung very tightly. The shuttlecock is made of feathers and weighs between 4.74 and 5.50 grams. Shuttles cost about $20 for a dozen and at most last about one game.

    The game may seem slow to a layman, but take a stock of the following facts: the shuttlecock has been clocked in excess of 180 mph (Yes!! That’s true).And after you consider the fact that in doubles games there are often 40 to 50 shots in about 20 seconds you can see that the first sentence was not an exaggeration.

    A badminton match consists of constant highly concentrated action; running, jumping, twisting, stretching, running backwards, throwing and striking. In a typical match the athletes cover every inch of the court and run more than one mile.

    Here are some of the most interesting facts about badminton fans (or even novices) may like to know:

     

    1.      Badminton is a game that is said to have originated in India as an adult version of a very old children's game known in England as shuttlecock and battledore.

    2.      The IBF was founded in 1934 with nine members - Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Today 147 countries are members of the IBF.

    3.      The IBF is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    4.      China and Indonesia are the two most successful badminton countries are which and between them have won 70% of all IBF events.

    5.      Badminton is the world’s fastest racquet sport, with smashes reaching speeds of up to 332kph (207mph) so far at testing during the 2005 Sudirman Cup in Beijing.

    6.      The first Olympics where badminton was included was held in 1992.

    7.      Dave Freeman, who is said to be the greatest American player in badminton history and is arguably perhaps the world's best. He remained undefeated in Thomas Cup play. Dave did not lose a singles match from 1939 until his retirement in 1953.

    8.      Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, after soccer.

    9.      Only 3 countries have won the Thomas Cup since it's inception in 1948: Malaysia, Indonesia and China.          

    10.  In a typical match the athletes cover every inch of the court and run more than one mile (or 2 kilometers).

    11.  Only 3 countries have won the Thomas Cup since it's inception in 1948: Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

    12.  The shuttle which is said to be the world’s biggest badminton shuttlecock can be found at the Kansas City Museum. It measures at 18 feet tall and weighs 5,000 pounds.

    13.  A typical shuttlecock weighs between 4.74 and 5.50 grams.

    14.  16 feathers are used to make a shuttle.


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