Roots of Badminton
Badminton had its roots in an old children’s game in England known as battledore and shuttlecock. British Army officers in India played a grown up version of this game. It was played with many people who tried to keep the ‘bird’ in air. A net came to be added later and badminton in its present form was born. This sport derived its name from Badminton House in Gloucestershire where the game was played at a lawn party. The International Badminton Federation that was started in 1934 now has more than 130 member countries. The Asian countries now dominate the badminton scene and they continue to rule the roost as far as tournaments go.