The history of badminton stretches way back into the 19th century in British India, however it is rarely played in India in modern times. The games traditionally British roots has left it becoming one of the most popular sports in the 2000’s and 2010’s. In actual fact, as recently as 1992 badminton was not actually regarded as being an Olympic sport – but now it is. It is the second most popular racket sport in the country, behind tennis obviously. There have been many British Olympians that have competed and won medals at the Olympics. Europeans are also very keen on playing badminton too, it is typically dominated by Denmark but outside of Europe there are many Asian countries that perform exceptionally well too. Examples of some of these Asian countries include China, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong too. We have seen some serious competition from these countries in recent years, there have been a total of five separate competitions in the Olympics, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and the mixed doubles too.
In 2012 at the Chinese Olympic games the Chinese Badminton team won 5 of the events, yes, all of them. They really have started to do extremely well since the sport began to get popular over there, back in 2004 they didn’t win any of the events. In 2008 they managed to make the finals of three and then in 2012, total domination. The sport requires people to have very quick reactions, stamina for running around the pitch constantly, players must be very agile too and they must ensure that they are very precise with each and every single shot. Badminton is a game of skill, it is very difficult to play and requires so much technical ability too. Men are generally not as good at the sport as women, but they are definitely catching up now. This is because women are quicker, more agile and usually have a better shot on them too. Strength plays very little in this game, it is much more about aiming well and being tactical, out maneurvering and aiming the opponent – much alike modern first person shooter video games on the PS4 and Xbox One.