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Where did Badminton originate?

One of my favorite outdoor games to play indoors is Badminton (Balloon ball is my favorite, it's like volleyball... but with a balloon). Granted, in order to be successful at indoor badminton you need a decent amount of empty space to ensure you don't break anything and can really get into the grove. Now, I'm not saying I like badminton because it uses a shuttlecock... but I'm not saying it's not the reason I enjoy badminton either.

Currently, I have a few different rackets, though the black frame with neon thread is my go-to, and the shuttlecocks also vary in color but the first out of the game closet is the rainbow-tipped with synthetic white feathers.

The roots of the sport can be traced back to Ancient Greece, China and India, but the specific game of Badminton was developed in 1873 and named after the place it was first played. Badminton, the country estate of the dukes of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England.

Badminton is closely related to an old children’s game called battledore and shuttlecock. Badminton is derived directly from poona, which was played by British army officers stationed in India in the 1860s. In 1899, the first unofficial all-England badminton championships for men were held and the first badminton tournament for women was arranged the next year.

Currently, in 2020, gender-neutral tournaments are held in my living room or studio depending on if I want to actually stand while playing (though even sitting badminton can sometimes lead to knees if the game gets really intense). If you ever want to challenge me, just let me know.

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