Badminton is named after Badminton House, where it was first
played in England in the 1850s
Badminton is named after Badminton House, where the game was first played in England
in the 1850s. However, badminton evolved from the ancient Chinese game of Ti Jian
Zi, the first game to have used a shuttlecock. In a game of Ti Jian Zi, players
used only their feet to stop the shuttlecock from touching the ground.
British children had played Battledore and Shuttlecock since medieval times, working
together using Battledores (paddles) to keep the shuttle in the air. British soldiers
in India modified this game into an adult competitive sport in the 19th century
by introducing a net. The Bath Badminton Club published the first official set of
rules in 1877 and the Badminton Association of England was formed 16 years later.
Badminton debuted as a demonstration sport at the 3rd Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958
and became a competitive event at the 4th Asian Games in Djakarta, Indonesia four
Badminton featured as a demonstration sport at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and became
an official Olympic sport at Barcelona in 1992.