June 24-30 2019
Badminton is considered the fastest racquet sport in the world. With shuttlecocks reaching speeds as high as 350 km/h, badminton players need quick reflexes as well as physical endurance to rule the court.
The origins of the sport are traced back to Ancient Greece, India and China. In the Indian narrative, badminton stems from the local game called Poona. According to this version, British officers who served in India in the 19th century brought the game back to their homeland where it became a hit among the English aristocracy.
The International Badminton Federation was established in 1934. It currently has more than 150 member nations, and sport enthusiasts claim that badminton is now the second most popular participation sport in the world behind football.
In the game, players use racquets to hit a light shuttlecock across a net. Although badminton can be played in teams, the most common forms are singles and doubles. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock so that it lands within the opponent’s half of the court.
Five sets of medals will be contested in the badminton tournament at the 2nd European Games. They are split into women's singles and doubles, men's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles events.
- China's Fu Haifeng hit the fastest shuttlecock ever recorded in competition at the 2005 Sudirman Cup. The shuttlecock flew 332 km/h.
- Badminton was first included in the Olympic Games programme in 1992. The sport's TV audience at those Games reached a whopping 1.1 billion people.
- The shortest badminton match took place in 1996 at the Uber Cup in Hong Kong and finished in six minutes. The longest match lasted 124 minutes and took place at the 1997 world badminton championships.
- A standard shuttlecock is made of 16 goose feathers, and weighs 4.74 to 5.5 grams.
- There are 10 shuttlecocks used on average during a top-level match. Each one is hit around 400 times.
- China and Indonesia are the most successful countries in the sport. Their athletes make up about 70 percent of winners at competitions overseen by the International Badminton Federation.
- Badminton was originally called "battledore and shuttlecock". The name "badminton" comes from an English estate called Badminton House.
- The world’s largest shuttlecock is 5.5 metres tall, weighs nearly three tons and sits on the lawn of the Kansas City Art Museum.