Jumat, Mei 22, 2009



Badminton has surprisingly long history. It is derived from the game of battledore and shuttlecocks played in ancient Greece, India and China. In India it was called Poona. The British officials in India learn how to play the game and took it to England. Badminton took its name from Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the home of the Duke of Beaufort, where the sport was played in 1873. by coincidence, Gloucestershire is now the base for the International Badminton Federation.

IBF was founded in 1934 with nine members – Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. There was a notable increase in new members after its inclusion in the Olympic Games at Barcelona. Development in the sport continues and the current 142 members are expected to increase further.

The first major IBF tournament was the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championships) in 1948. Since then, the number of world events has increase with the addition of the Uber Cup (ladies’ team), All England (individual), World Championships, Sudirman Cup (mixed team), World Juniors and the World Grand Pix. Up till now, only five countries are said to be big badminton countries, which dominate the badminton tournaments and produce international class player. They are Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea and Denmark. Event in the Thomas Cup, only tree countries have ever won it, namely Indonesia (winning 13 times), Malaysia (winning 5 times) and China (winning 4 times).

New competitions are planed including one-off spectaculars and the development of a Super Series. It is anticipated that these will attract greater sponsorship, prize money and television. In these days of mass communication, the role of television in a world sport is self evident. Television brings the action, the excitement and the explosive power of badminton into homes around the world. It pulls in the crowd to watch the action live; it also pulls in major sponsors.

Badminton has a rich history and its future looks even brighter. After its inclusion in the Olympic Games, more countries are developing the game. We hope that the game will be as great as football or basketball.

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