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Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the ground, and each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. The shuttlecock (or shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game. Since 1992, badminton has been an Olympic sport with five events: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair consists of a man and a woman. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements. Games are a very crucial part of our lives. Hardly any person can be found with no interest in any sports. However the choice of game differs from person to person and also from region to region. Indian people are mostly into cricket whereas in USA, golf, baseball is more popular. Similarly in Eastern Europe, gymnastics and athleticism is more popular whereas in south East Asian nations, badminton rules the roost. Games are wonderful medium to have fun and use as recreation. For many it is their profession and source of livelihood. The coming articles will focus on evolution of few of these sports and how they got transformed in their current day form with addition of rules and point system. Badminton is a very popular sport in many parts of the world especially, Asia and Europe. India is also an upcoming nation in the arena and credited to provide champion players like Prakash Padukone, P.Gopichand and currently Saina Nehwal. The origin of this game is credited to medieval Britain. There was a popular kid’s game known as shuttlecocks or battledores and badminton is considered as a descendant of that sport. India also had a major role to play in development of current day badminton. As the story goes, British army officers in Pune, Maharashtra, forever changed the way badminton is played by adding a net in 19th century. They also started to play it competitively. Interestingly, this game was initially known as Poona because of obvious reasons. Later on some of those officers returned back to England and introduced the same format there. Since then, the game has never looked back. The organized stricture of this game in India took place in 1920s.
History and development
The beginnings of Badminton can be traced to mid-18th century British India, where it was created by British military officers stationed there. Early photographs show Englishmen adding a net to the traditional English game ofbattledore and shuttlecock. Being particularly popular in the British garrison town Poona (now Pune), the game also came to be known as Poona. Initially, balls of wool refereed as ball badminton were preferred by the upper classes in windy or wet conditions, but ultimately the shuttlecock stuck. This game was taken by retired officers back to England where it developed and rules were set out. As early as 1860, Isaac Spratt, a London toy dealer, published a booklet, Badminton Battledore - a new game, but unfortunately no copy has survived. The new sport was definitively launched in 1873 at the Badminton House, Gloucestershire, owned by the Duke of Beaufort. During that time, the game was referred to as "The Game of Badminton," and the game's official name became Badminton. Until 1887, the sport was played in England under the rules that prevailed in British India. The Bath Badminton Club standardized the rules and made the game applicable to English ideas. The basic regulations were drawn up in 1887. In 1893, the Badminton Association of England published the first set of rules according to these regulations, similar to today's rules, and officially launched badminton in a house called "Dunbar" at 6 Waverley Grove, Portsmouth, England on September 13 of that year. They also started the All England Open Badminton Championships, the first badminton competition in the world, in 1899. The International Badminton Federation (IBF) (now known as Badminton World Federation) was established in 1934 with Canada, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales as its founding members. India joined as an affiliate in 1936. The BWF now governs international badminton and develops the sport globally. While set out in England, competitive badminton in Europe has traditionally been dominated by Denmark. Indonesia, South Korea, China and Malaysia are among the nations that have consistently produced world-class players in the past few decades and dominated competitions on the international level, with China being the most dominant in recent years.
The following information is a simplified summary of the Laws, not a complete reproduction. The definitive source of the Laws is the BWF Statutes publication, although the digital distribution of the Laws contains poor reproductions of the diagrams.
Playing court dimensions
The Laws specify which equipment may be used. In particular, the Laws restrict the design and size of racquets and shuttlecocks. The Laws also provide for testing a shuttlecock for the correct speed: 3.1
with players scoring a point whenever they win a rally regardless of whether they served (this differs from the old system where players could only win a point on their serve and each game was played to 15 points). In less formal settings. When the serving side loses a rally. and in her/his left service court when her/his score is odd. with top quality racquets weighing between 75 and 95 grams (2. the winners of the previous game serve first. he shall be judged to have been ready. nanomaterials such as fullerene and carbon nanotubes are added to rackets giving them greater durability. then the game continues until one side gains a two point lead (such as 24-22). Details When the server serves. each time a side regains the service. until the server strikes the shuttlecock. the coin toss is often replaced by hitting a shuttlecock into the air: whichever side the corked end points will be the side that serves first. Scoring system and service The basics Each game is played to 21 points. the serving pair may decide who serves and the receiving pair may decide who receives.6 to 3. if the receiver attempts to return the shuttlecock. This is similar totennis. a let shall be called. They are composed of many different materials ranging from carbon fibre composite (graphite reinforced plastic) to solid steel. the player in the left service court serves. For the first rally of any doubles game. In doubles. if the match reaches a third game. Earlier still.3 ounces) including the strings. Their opponents make the remaining choice. is stiff. the shuttlecock is cast and where ever the shuttlecock is pointing that side begins or a coin is tossed. At the start of the rally. If the receiver is not ready when the service is delivered. In subsequent games. The server and receiver must remain within their service courts. The players change ends at the start of the second game. If the score reaches 20-all. or they may choose which end of the court they wish to occupy. A match is the best of three games. Nowadays. the player in the right service court serves. At the start of a match. The server hits the shuttlecock so that it would land in the receiver's service court. yet. There is no let if the shuttlecock hits the tape (even on service).2 A shuttlecock of the correct speed will land not less than 530 mm and not more than 990 mm short of the other back boundary line. These can also be called rubbers. The traditional oval head shape is still available. A consequence of this system is that. although the laws limit the racquet size and shape. racquets were made of light metals such as aluminum. racquets were made of wood. 3. the players stand inside their service courts unlike tennis. the server stands in her/his right service court when her/his score is even. if odd. Equipment Racquets Badminton racquets are light. so long as they do not insight the opposing server or receiver. and gives excellent kinetic energy transfer. but wooden racquets are no longer manufactured for the ordinary market. but s/he changes service courts so that s/he serves to a different opponent each time.To test a shuttlecock. use a full underhand stroke which makes contact with the shuttlecock over the back boundary line. not by where they were standing at the end of the rally. up to a maximum of 30 points (30-29 is a winning score). The shuttlecock shall be hit at an upward angle and in a direction parallel to the side lines. the same player continues to serve. the server will be the player who did not serve last time. they change ends both at the start of the game and when the leading pair's score reaches 11 points. without touching the boundary lines. because of their excessive mass and cost. the shuttlecock is not allowed to bounce and in badminton. which may be augmented by a variety of materials.Carbon fibre has an excellent strength to weight ratio. There is a wide variety of racquet designs. If one team wins a game they play once more and if they win again they win that match. the rally is stopped and replayed with no change to the score. Before the adoption of carbon fibre composite. The winners of the coin toss may choose whether to serve or receive first. but if they lose they play one more match to find the winning team. The players' service courts are determined by their positions at the start of the previous rally. the server and receiver stand in diagonally opposite service courts (see court dimensions). except that a badminton serve must be hit below waist height and with the racquet shaft pointing downwards. If the opponents win the rally and their new score is even. Different racquets have playing characteristics that appeal to different players. Cheap racquets are still often made of metals such as steel. Lets If a let is called. but an isometric head shape is increasingly common in new racquets. In singles. the serve immediately passes to their opponent(s) (this differs from the old system where sometimes the serve passes to the doubles partner for what is known as a "second serve"). . if the serving side wins a rally. the shuttlecock must pass over the short service line on the opponents' court or it will count as a fault. Lets may occur because of some unexpected disturbance such as a shuttlecock landing on court (having been hit there by players on an adjacent court) or in small halls the shuttle may touch an overhead rail which can be classed as a let. The other two players may stand wherever they wish.
The most common choices are PU synthetic grips or towelling grips. and players require a high level of skill to perform all of them effectively. The arguments for this generally rely on crude mechanical reasoning. clearly visible to the players. On each side-line is a pole. the forehand side is his right side and the backhand side is his left side. with the knee and foot in alignment on all lunges. but many players prefer the feel of thinner strings. Professionals string between about 25 and 36 lbf (160 N). it will encourage catastrophic collapse at the point where the shoe's support fails. as proper footwork is critical in order to move effectively around the court. Recreational players generally string at lower tensions than professionals. overgrips are more convenient for players who change grips frequently. The net itself is made of dark mesh. and are often used as the final layer. a faster shuttle is used. typically between 18 and 25 lbf (110 N). whereas backhand . prefer to use replacement grips as the final layer. Badminton. A player's forehand side is the same side as his playing hand: for a right-handed player. non-marking materials. in this case. Neither view has been subjected to a rigorous mechanical analysis. and the player's ankles are not ready for the sudden loading. sweatbands may be used. Compared to running shoes. however. high performing strings in the range of about 0. because proper badminton shoes will have a very thin sole. Players may choose between a variety of grip materials. the higher the tension for maximum power. This is not only a safety concern. Shoes Badminton shoes are lightweight with soles of rubber or similar high-grip. Grip The choice of grip allows a player to increase the thickness of his racquet handle and choose a comfortable surface to hold. Players often find that sweat becomes a problem. each variety for a different range of temperatures. 1. blue (middle speed). and there are also side lines and a centre line from one end of the court to the other. because they may be removed more rapidly without damaging the underlying material. The court A badminton court is rectangular. White tape runs across the top of the net. and 1.Strings Badminton strings are thin. These three varieties are known as green (slow speed which will give you an extra 40% hang time/shot length). players should choose badminton shoes rather than general trainers or running shoes. with clearly marked white or yellow lines dividing it into different sections. The cork is covered with thin leather or synthetic material. A player may build up the handle with one or several grips before applying the final layer.524m from the ground. whereas low string tensions increase power. instead. These different lines show where a long service and short service should be taken. and therefore result in fewer injuries. nylon shuttlecocks come in three varieties. Forehand strokes are hit with the front of the hand leading (like hitting with the palm). In colder temperatures. which can cause sprains.55m in height.62 to 0. requires powerful lateral movements. Many players. for a higher string tension can cause the shuttle to slide off the racquet and hence make it harder to hit a shot accurately. All strokes can be played either forehand orbackhand. which stands in the centre at 1. the player may choose another grip material or change his grip more frequently. Replacement grips are thicker. Additionally. String tension is normally in the range of 80 to 160 N (18 to 36 lbf). are indicated by coloured strips fastened around the cork. nor is there clear evidence in favour of one or the other. There are two main types of grip: replacement grips and overgrips. The most effective way for a player to find a good string tension is to experiment. The colours. a slower one is chosen. and are often used to increase the size of the handle. such as claiming that a lower tension string bed is more bouncy and therefore provides more power. and therefore speeds. a drying agent may be applied to the grip or hands. An alternative view suggests that the optimum tension for power depends on the player:  the faster and more accurately a player can swing their racquet. which holds the net taught across the centre of the court. badminton shoes have little lateral support. These nylon shuttles may be constructed with either natural cork or synthetic foam base. and in hotter climates. Grip choice is a matter of personal preference. This is in fact incorrect. Overgrips are thinner (less than 1 mm). High levels of lateral support are useful for activities where lateral motion is undesirable and unexpected. lower a person's centre of gravity. Strokes Forehand and backhand Badminton offers a wide variety of basic strokes. whereas overgrips have only a small patch of adhesive at the start of the tape and must be applied under tension.73 mm thickness. Towelling grips are always replacement grips.55m from the ground at each pole. A highly built-up lateral support will not be able to protect the foot in badminton. Synthetic shuttles are often used by recreational players to reduce their costs as feathered shuttles break easily. with an open conical shape: the cone is formed from sixteen overlapping feathers embedded into a rounded cork base. Thicker strings are more durable. Shuttlecock A shuttlecock (often abbreviated to shuttle and also commonly known as a bird or birdie ) is a high-drag projectile. It is often argued that high string tensions improve control. and red (fast speed). and a plastic skirt. Players should also ensure that they learn safe and proper footwork. For this reason. however. Replacement grips have an adhesive backing.
Lifts. Pushes may also be hit flatter. in which the shuttlecock turns over itself several times (tumbles) before stabilizing. sometimes the shuttlecock remains inverted instead of tumbling.It is very good tool to play hard shots which are directed towards your body. yet land on the same spot. In doubles. however. by making it dip more rapidly as it passes the net. or drive. where players jump upwards for a steeper smash angle. the opponents will often be forced to lift the shuttlecock. Unlike in tennis. the purpose of many advanced strokes is to deceive the opponent.strokes are hit with the back of the hand leading (like hitting with the knuckles). high clear is difficult. a sliced low serve can travel slightly faster than a normal low serve. restricting his view of them and the court. can be played from all parts of the court. where the shuttlecock is hit upwards to the back of the opponents' court. For example. In the rearcourt. a high shuttlecock will be met with a net kill. a good crosscourt sliced dropshot will use a hitting action that suggests a straight clear or smash. since precise technique is needed in order to muster enough power for the shuttlecock to travel the full length of the court. and are most often used in doubles: they are an attempt to regain the attack. or flick serves. players will attempt to play as many strokes as possible on their forehands. For the same reason. a block to the net is the most common reply. players can hit drives. This is why it is best to drop the shuttlecock just over the net in this situation. then a smash is impossible and a full-length. rather than allowing it to drop lower. In the forecourt. but may be intercepted by the smasher's partner. Second. which permits a much greater range of movement for a forehand overhead than for a backhand. or he is forced to delay his movement until he actually sees the shuttle's direction. The backhand clear is considered by most players and coaches to be the most difficult basic stroke in the game. backhand overheads cannot be hit with as much power as forehands: the hitting action is limited by the shoulder joint. are a common and spectacular element of elite men's doubles play. Vertical position of the shuttlecock When the shuttlecock is well below net height. badminton offers rich potential for advanced stroke skills that provide a competitive advantage. After a successful drive or push. This can be used to improve the shuttle's trajectory. in order to make the shuttlecock spin. Other factors When defending against a smash. players have three basic options: lift. This overhead hitting allows them to play smashes. and vice versa. the player must turn his back to his opponents. hitting it steeply downwards and attempting to win the rally immediately. The service is restricted by the Laws and presents its own array of stroke choices. Against weaker players whose intended strokes are obvious. Deception Once players have mastered these basic strokes. powerfully and softly as required. In singles. The server can choose a low serve into the forecourt (like a push). players have no choice but to hit upwards. most strokes can be played equally effectively on either the forehand or backhand side. Experienced players will be aware of the trick and cautious not to move too early. Athletic jump smashes. Spinning the shuttlecock is also used to create spinning netshots (also called tumbling netshots ). Position of the shuttlecock and receiving player The choice of stroke depends on how near the shuttlecock is to the net. an experienced player will move before the shuttlecock has been hit. Beyond the basics. it is often called a push or block. If the shuttlecock has dropped lower. Playing a backhand overhead has two main disadvantages. "Deception" in badminton is often used in both of these senses. players strive to hit the shuttlecock while it is still above them. A more sophisticated slicing action involves brushing the strings around the shuttlecock during the hit. If a player does not lift. a high shuttlecock will usually be met with a powerful smash. rather than choosing to lift the shuttlecock and defend against smashes. placing the shuttlecock into the front midcourt. First. but the attempted deception is still useful because it forces the opponent to delay his movement slightly. so that either he is tricked into believing that a different stroke is being played. where the shuttlecock is lifted to a lesser height but falls sooner. his only remaining option is to push the shuttlecock softly back to the net: in the forecourt this is called a netshot. When the shuttlecock is near to net height. the servers racket must be pointing in a downward direction to deliver the serve so normally the shuttle must be hit upwards to pass over the net. blocks and drives are counter-attacking strokes. In the midcourt. and dropshots (hitting the shuttlecock so that it falls softly downwards into the opponents' forecourt). clears (hitting the shuttlecock high and to the back of the opponents' court). anticipating the stroke to gain an advantage. whether it is above net height. Lifted serves may be either high serves. deceiving the opponent about both the power and direction of the shuttlecock. he will often lose the point immediately because he cannot change his direction quickly enough to reach the shuttlecock. When a player is genuinely deceived. in the midcourt or rearcourt. or a lift to the back of the service court. they can hit the shuttlecock from and to any part of the court. Because badminton players have to cover a short distance as quickly as possible. In the forecourt and midcourt. Slicing and using a shortened hitting action are the two main technical devices that facilitate deception. Slicing also causes the shuttlecock to travel much slower than the arm movement suggests. because backhands are more effective than forehands at covering smashes directed to the body. but in the rearcourt. Players frequently play certain strokes on the forehand side with a backhand hitting action. causing it to travel in a different direction than suggested by the body or arm movement. which travel flat and rapidly over the net into the opponents' rear midcourt and rearcourt. and where an opponent is currently positioned: players have much better attacking options if they can reach the shuttlecock well above net height. often preferring to play a round-the-head forehand overhead (a forehand "on the backhand side") rather than attempt a backhand overhead. for example. backhand smashes tend to be weak. a lift is the safest option but it usually allows the opponents to continue smashing. or a flat drive serve. The main advantage of a spinning netshot is that the . also hitting downwards and hoping for an outright winner or a weak reply. especially if it is also close to the net. block. Slicing involves hitting the shuttlecock with an angled racquet face. Many players use a backhand hitting action for returning smashes on both the forehand and backhand sides. Drives and pushes may be played from the midcourt or forecourt. where the shuttlecock is lifted so high that it falls almost vertically at the back of the court.
Low serves are also used frequently. If the netshot is tight and tumbling. but setting up the smash requires subtler strokes. they will use flat strokes in an attempt to gain the attack. Strategy To win in badminton. Often rallies finish with a smash. In doubles. When the opportunity arises. players need to employ a wide variety of strokes in the right situations. At high levels of play. This is because the male players are substantially stronger. such as net kills. Men's doubles is the most aggressive form of badminton. Doubles Both pairs will try to gain and maintain the attack. A short hitting action is not only useful for deception: it also allows the player to hit powerful strokes when he has no time for a big arm swing. where the initial motion is continued but the racquet is turned during the hit. mixed doubles requires greater tactical awareness and subtler positional play. this latter style of deception is more common in the rearcourt (for example. and smashing often leaves the smasher vulnerable if the smash is returned. a singles player may hold his racquet ready for a netshot. since hitting the feathers will result in an unpredictable stroke. and his partner in the midcourt intercepting all smash returns except the lift. by forcing the woman towards the back or the man towards the front. and drive serves are rare. An alternative to double motion is to use a racquet head fake. Triple motion is also possible. the backhand serve has become popular to the extent that forehand serves almost never appear in professional games. Flick serves are used to prevent the opponent from anticipating the low serve and attacking it decisively. Mixed doubles In mixed doubles. Flick serves are less common. It is also possible to reverse this style of deception. At high levels of play. and will happily do so if required. If a pair is forced to lift or clear the shuttlecock. Players may also use double motion. with the woman in front. and can therefore produce smashes that are more powerful. thereby maintaining the option to hit a powerful or a soft stroke until the last possible moment. obvious swing. This makes the opponent's task of covering the whole court much more difficult than if the lift was hit with a bigger. Singles The singles court is narrower than the doubles court. Elite players develop finger power to the extent that they can hit some power strokes. If an opponent tries to anticipate the stroke. In singles. whereas the former style is more common in the forecourt and midcourt (for example. smashing downwards when possible. where they make an initial racquet movement in one direction before withdrawing the racquet to hit in another direction. For example. At high levels of play. For example. singles demands extraordinary fitness. players generally smash to the middle ground between two players in order to take advantage of confusion and clashes. his partner will move into the forecourt to threaten the net reply. a netshot can force the opponent to lift the shuttlecock. singles tactics are based on forcing the opponent to move as much as possible. The lightness of modern racquets allows players to use a very short hitting action for many strokes. Expert players prepare for many different strokes that look identical. Deception is not limited to slicing and short hitting actions. but then flick the shuttlecock to the back instead with a shallow lift. and use slicing to deceive their opponents about the speed or direction of the stroke. but the same length. he may move in the wrong direction and may be unable to change his body momentum in time to reach the shuttlecock. but does not require as much time. In general. unlike the all-out aggression of doubles. Singles is a game of patient positional manoeuvring. . and is often described as finger power. the formations will generally be more flexible: the top women players are capable of playing powerfully from the rearcourt. by suggesting a powerful stroke before slowing down the hitting action to play a soft stroke. The use of grip tightening is crucial to these techniques. Spinning netshots are especially important for high level singles players. which makes the subsequent smash much harder to return. the pair will switch back to the standard mixed attacking position. As a result. players will often start the rally with a forehand high serve. Players exploit the length of the court by combining lifts and clears with drop shots and net shots. either forehand or backhand. both pairs try to maintain an attacking formation with the woman at the front and the man at the back. At high levels of play. Smashing is less prominent in singles than in doubles because players are rarely in the ideal position to execute a smash. but this is very rare in actual play. then the opponent's lift will not reach the back of the court. This produces a smaller change in direction. Deception is also important. lifts disguised as netshots). or vice versa. with a high proportion of powerful jump smashes. If the rearcourt attacker plays a dropshot. In order to protect against this danger. with less than a 10 cm (4 in) racquet swing. If a pair cannot hit downwards. in an attempt to prevent the opponents gaining the attack immediately. a pair will adopt an ideal attacking formation with one player hitting down from the rearcourt. dropshots disguised as smashes). This is typically used to suggest a crosscourt angle but then play the stroke straight.opponent will be unwilling to address the shuttlecock until it has stopped tumbling. then they must defend: they will adopt a side-by-side position in the rear midcourt. to cover the full width of their court against the opponents' smashes. doubles rallies are extremely fast. however. mixed players must be careful and systematic in their shot selection. The straight low serve is used most frequently. Clever opponents will try to reverse the ideal position. which gives an opportunity to smash. Whenever possible. this means that singles strokes are normally directed to the corners of the court. These range from powerful jumping smashes to delicate tumbling net returns. Since one person needs to cover the entire court.
the Olympics. The maximum speed of a smashed shuttlecock exceeds that of any other racquet sport projectile. Uber. following an increase from eight teams in 2004. first held in 1977. and mixed doubles). These include the regional competitions in Asia (Badminton Asia Championships) and Europe (European Badminton Championships). Level three tournaments consist of Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix event. At the start of 2007. which was once considered the unofficial world championships of the sport. The Sudirman Cup. Badminton was a demonstration event in the 1972 and 1988 Summer Olympics. the premier men's international team event first held in 1948–1949. women's doubles and singles. it features a promotion and relegation system in every level. It became an official Summer Olympic sport at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and its gold medals now generally rate as the sport's most coveted prizes for individual players. began in 1989. a tour for the world's elite players. Like association football (soccer). Teams are divided into seven levels based on the performance of each country. which is hit steeply downwards into the opponents' midcourt. can participate in any category. a gender-mixed international team event held once every two years. encourage participation by junior players. BPA) Europe: Badminton Europe (BE) Oceania: Badminton Oceania (BO) Competitions The BWF organizes several international competitions. International Series and Future Series. and because Tan's was recorded by Yonex whereas Fu's was recorded byBWF officials. The Thomas. The competitions take place once every two years. the BWF introduced a new tournament structure for the highest level tournaments aside from those in level one: the BWF Super Series. and the Uber Cup. Five regional confederations are associated with the BWF: Asia: Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) Africa: Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) Americas: Badminton Pan Am (North America and South America belong to the same confederation. including the Thomas Cup. the women's equivalent first held in 1956–1957. Top players can collect the world ranking points and enable them to play in the BWF Super Series open tournaments. a country must perform well across all five disciplines (men's doubles and singles. Michael Hayes of badmintondoubles. and Sudirman Cups. In the BWF World Championships. first held in 1900. The level four tournaments. and a maximum of three from each country. Records The most powerful stroke in badminton is the smash. set by Chinese badminton doubles player Fu Haifeng in the 2005 Sudirman Cup. during Yonex's speed test of the Arcsaber Z-slash in 2009. More than 50 national teams compete in qualifying tournaments within continental confederations for a place in the finals. 421 km/h (262 mph). The recordings of this speed measure the initial speed of the shuttlecock immediately after it has left the player's racquet. The final tournament involves 12 teams. To win the tournament. This level two tournament series. only the highest ranked 64 players in the world. are all categorized as level one tournaments. The official badminton smash record is 332 km/h (206 mph). . Among the tournaments in this series is the venerable All-England Championships.Governing bodies The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the internationally recognized governing body of the sport. The players collect points that determine whether they can play in Super Series Final held at the year end. known as International Challenge. In both the Olympic and BWF World competitions restrictions on the number of participants from any one country have caused some controversy because they sometimes result in excluding elite world level players from the strongest badminton powers such as China.com suggests that this smash is not comparable to Fu's because it was hit while shuttles were being gently fed to Tan whereas Fu's smash was hit during an actual match. which produce the world's best players as well as the Pan America Badminton Championships. stages twelve open tournaments around the world with 32 players (half the previous limit). Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia recorded a faster smash. and the BWF World (and World Junior Championships).
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