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Badminton is a type of racket sport played individually (singles) or in teams of two (doubles). Badminton developed in British India from a children’s game called ‘battledore and shuttlecock’. Badminton was called “Poona” in India in the 18th century. The British Army who was stationed there brought the game to the UK and introduced it to their colleagues. The Duke of Beaufort officially launched badminton in 1873.
The necessary equipment is a net, a shuttlecock and a badminton racket. Players try to get the shuttle over the net with the racket. A point is scored if it lands within the opposing side’s half of the court. Games are played as singles (one player on each side of the net) or doubles (two players per team).
A badminton match consists of the best of three games. In the classic format, only the serving side can score and a team needs 15 points to win.
In the new rally point format, whoever wins the rally scores a point, and a team needs to have 21 points to win a game. Every badminton game starts at 0-0, which is called “love everyone”.