The History of Badminton
Like many other sports, a variation of badminton can be traced back to the first century B.C.E. in China. The game of Ti Jian Zi involved hitting or kicking a shuttlecock with your hands or feet. This game was not only popular in China but also in Japan, India and Siam.
In the fourteenth century, the British played battledore shuttlecock, a sport in which players attempted to keep the shuttlecock in the air with the use of a racket or paddle. During this period up until the mid-1800s this game was widely recognized as a children?s game.
Modern Day Badminton
In the early 1860s, British army soldiers stationed in India played a competitive sport called ?poona? a game very similar to shuttlecock which included a net and boundaries. These soldiers brought the equipment and the game back to England in the mid-1870s and are credited with introducing the sport to the British people in particular to royalty and people of leisure. The game was renamed badminton after a group of vacationing Indian colonials on the Duke of Beaufort estate, Badminton House, tossed about a champagne cork with chicken feathers.
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