History of Badminton – Things You Didn’t Know Off

History of Badminton – Things You Didn’t Know Off

As you play and watch the exchange of shuttle from one player to another, have you ever wondered how the game was conceptualized? With unknown people and their unfamiliar objectives, randomly exchanging shuttlecocks then decided to make the rules of the game. Was it intentional? Or not?

History Of Badminton 101

The history of badminton can be unfathomable at first, but in this text, you would learn the process of identifying the sport up to its finishing detail. Sit back, relax, and witness the timeline in the conceptualization of badminton.

The Development of the Sport

The birthplace of the sport is obscure, but the earliest setting was settled in British India wherein it is developed from a game called battledore and shuttlecock.

The time of origin was at least 2,000 years and is also played in Greece and China. It is known as a game in which two players from each side hit and aim a shuttle back and forth, much like the badminton of today.

Its nomenclature used to be called as “Poona” or “Poonah” from the town of Pune during the 18th Century in India, and later on where the first set of rules was made in 1873.

As of this time, the game was played with a wool ball instead of a shuttlecock as the delivery item, as it is preferable in the wind and wet weather of Thanjavur in the 1850s.

Then, in the 1860s, the British army was made familiar to the sport due to them being stationed at India. It was brought back to their hometown and was made as a hit in the England country.

Badminton Literature

The earliest booklet known to be published about the sport was written by Isaac Spratt, a London toy dealer, and was entitled as “Badminton Battledore,” and its timeline dates back to early 1860. Though, no copy of some-sort was found and have survived over the years.

Moreover, on 1863, it featured the sport in an article entitled “The Cornhill Magazine” and made a scoop about the known sport as a type of battledore and shuttlecock that is played either side, with a string that is five feet over the ground wherein the shuttle should go beyond it.

Early Badminton Conceptualization

Though, the success of the sport in England leads back to an event hosted by Duke of Beaufort in an estate called “Badminton” in Gloucestershire on the year of 1873, thus where the name was driven. Though, the happenings of the event and what it about remains unknown.

At first, the game was played with sides that can be one to four players, but as the game was developed and established, the number of players was made in even sets, specifically two and four, as it is suggested to work the best.

In terms of the shuttlecock material, it was coated with India rubber and sometimes, lead is applied to add weight when outdoors.

Badminton revision

At the year of 1887, J. H. E. Hart of the Bath Badminton Club revised the rules and regulation, thus resulting in the sport to not be played under the Pune rules that were first established.

Then, in 1890, Bagnel Wild and Hart revised the rules once again. With this as a reference, the BAE (Badminton Association of England) published the set of rules and regulations in 1863. The association also officially classified the sport at a house that is commonly known as “Dunbar” on 13th of September in Portsmouth.

The All England Open Badminton Championships was the first badminton competition established and is hosted by BAE. It was first conducted in 1899 for doubles in both genders (gentlemen and ladies) and mixed. In 1900, the singles competition was added to the competition

The International Badminton Federation, now classified as Badminton World Federation, was established in 1934 and the countries that are founding members are as follows–







New Zealand


In it, India also joined at the year of 1934 as an affiliate.

The Badminton World Federation

The organization is known as the governing body of the badminton world and is also recognized by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) which seconded their movement as legit to the sport.

It was first initiated in the England country, but in time, the men’s badminton was dominated by Denmark in Europe. Also, the Asian continent was made known and is dominant in certain international competitions. The specific countries that excel in this sport are China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, and Denmark.

In today’s time, the Badminton World Federation has already 176 countries as members. Its new name was adopted at a General Meeting situated at Madrid on September 24, 2006.

The main objective of the governing body is to work in cooperation with other countries to promote and accentuate the badminton sport. The first president was George Alan Thomas from 1934 to 1955. Today, Poul- Erik Hoyer Larsen leads the organization since 2013.

Events & Competitions

It is also known to organize seven major international events in the history of badminton, and one para-badminton that most professionals are known to. These are the following–

World Championships

Olympic Games (badminton)

World Junior Championships

Thomas Cup

Uber Cup

Sudirman Cup

Para-Badminton World       Championships


The BWF is known to give special honors to players, sponsors, administrator, or other people about the establishment of the game. Some of the awards given are the following–

Distinguished Service

Lifetime Achievement

Hall of fame

Meritorious Service

Certificate of Commendation

Best Male and Female Player        of the Year


The federation used two logos in its lifetime, due to the interchanging of names. It was made in June of 2007 and is launched at the Sudirman Cup in Glasgow, Scotland.

The logo contains the initial name “International Badminton Federation, with a lined globe and shuttlecock as representation. It was made by Aboeb Luthfy as a contest launched by the organization itself. It was modified later on due to the new name during the Thomas and Uber Cup at the year of 2012.

Final Words

The modification of the sport over the years leading to its advancement, as it was assessed and developed to meet the expectation of players as of today’s century. It was evaluated, and then the various alternative was proposed to make the sport suitable and easier to work with.

From wool ball material to feathers to make the transportation from one side to another more precise, the badminton continues to excel and help its players to meet the best of their physical, mental, and social skills. From the construction of its frame, we now have a badminton sport the caters to our need!

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