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Badminton

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Badminton was derived from a traditional game of Battledore and Shuttlecock that dates back centuries.  The modern game has its roots in India where British officers played a similar game and then brought it to England where it was further developed and rules set out.  Today Badminton is played around the world and has the highest global participation rate of any indoor sport.  Badminton was a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympics and earned full medal status in 1992 for singles and doubles play with mixed doubles added in 1996.

Badminton Facts

  • Top recorded shuttle speed – 420 km/h
  • 4 geese provide 4 feathers each to make a shuttle
  • A player can cover 2km in one match
  • 2nd most popular sport in the world

Scoring in badminton has recently switched from service point scoring to rally point scoring where the player or team who wins the rally gains a point and also serves the next rally.  Scoring is to 21 points for all games; however, players must win by a two-point margin.  A match is the best two out of three games.

At the BC Winter Games, badminton athletes are under 14 years of age.  The competition includes singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and team events.  The team event is unique and has each zone team choose a line-up of athletes to play singles and both disciplines of doubles.  The teams with the best records proceed to an elimination cross-over to determine the final standings.

Badminton BC is the provincial organization responsible for the sport in the province. 

BC Games alumni have been very successful on the international stage, including Anna Rice (1996 BC Games) who is a five-time National Champion and competed at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.  Tobias Ng (2000 BC Games) was the gold medalist at the 2011 Pan Am Games and competed in the mixed doubles event for Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games.