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Badminton has a cosmopolitan history. The rules of the modern game were developed in England, but it is now Asian countries that dominate the sport.

Badminton House

Badminton takes its name from Badminton House - home of the Duke of Beaufort in the English county of Gloucestershire. In 1873, the Duke is credited with bringing a version of the game – Poona - back from India and introducing it to his guests.

Getting organised

The sport quickly grew in popularity and in 1877 the first set of written rules were devised by the newly formed Bath Badminton Club. The Badminton Federation of England was created 16 years later and in 1899 it organised the first All England Championships.

Olympic history

Badminton made its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It was not until the 1992 Games in Barcelona that it was officially included on the Olympic programme, with men’s and women’s singles and doubles events. The mixed doubles event made its debut in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since then, the number of events has remained unchanged.

Although the creation of modern badminton is attributed to England, it is Asia that now dominates this sport. Between 1992 and 2008, Asian countries won 69 of the 76 medals available in Olympic competition! The dominant countries are China, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, followed by Great Britain and Denmark.

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Badminton - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Badminton - Singles Women/Doubles Men on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavillon 4 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Silver medalists Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark, Gold medalists Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan and Bronze medalists Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan of the Republic of Korea pose during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Badminton on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark plays a shot against Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan during the Women's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal Match on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Ayaka Takahashi of Japan plays a shot against Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark during the Women's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal Match on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Christinna Pedersen of Denmark plays a shot during the Women's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal Match against Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan during the Women's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal Match on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan play a shot against Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark during the Women's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal Match on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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