launched badminton in a house called "Dunbar" at 6 Waverley Grove,Portsmouth, England onSeptember 13of that year. They also started theAll England Open Badminton Championships,
the first badminton competition in the world, in 1899.The International Badminton Federation (IBF) (now known asBadminton World Federation)was established in 1934 withCanada,Denmark , England,France, theNetherlands,Ireland,New
Zealand,Scotland, andWalesas its founding members. India joined as an affiliate in 1936. The
BWF now governs international badminton and develops the sport globally.While originated in England, international badminton has traditionally been dominated by a fewAsian countries, plus Denmark from Europe.China,Indonesia,South KoreaandMalaysiaare
among the nations that have consistently produced world-class players in the past few decadesand dominated competitions on the international level, with China being the most dominant inrecent years.
Laws of the game
The following information is a simplified summary of the Laws, not a complete reproduction.The definitive source of the Laws is the IBF Laws publication although the digital distribution of the Laws contains poor reproductions of the diagrams.
Playing court dimensions
Badminton court, isometric viewThe court is rectangular and divided into halves by a net. Courts are almost always marked forboth singles and doubles play, although the laws permit a court to be marked for singles only.The doubles court is wider than the singles court, but both are the same length. The exception,which often causes confusion to newer players is the doubles court has a shorter serve-lengthdimension.The full width of the court is 6.1 metres (20 ft), and in singles this width is reduced to 5.18metres (17 ft). The full length of the court is 13.4 metres (44 ft). The service courts are marked