|Badminton was invented long ago; its origins date back at least two thousand years to the game of battledore and shuttlecock played in ancient Greece, India and China. A surprisingly long history for one of the Olympics newest sports! Badminton took its name from Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the home of the Duke of Beaufort, where the sport was played in the last century. By coincidence, Gloucestershire is now the base for the International Badminton Federation.The IBF was founded in 1934 with nine members – Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. The USA joined four years later. Membership grew steadily over the following years with a surge debut at Barcelona. As the sport’s development program grows, the current 130 members is expected to increase further.The first major IBF tournament was the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championships) in 1948. Since then, the number of world events has increased to seven, with the addition of the Uber Cup (ladies’ team), World Championships, Sudirman Cup (mixed team), World Juniors, World Grand Prix Finals and the World Cup. The World Cup invitational event started in 1981 and is organized by the International Management Group (IMG).In the new point counting system (from year 2001) 7 points (instead of the old 15) are required to win a set with possible exceptions:
If the score is 6-6 the player who reached 6 first is allowed to decide if he wants to end the set at 7 or 8 points. 3 sets (instead of the old 2) won are required for victory in a game.
A player serves always from the right serving area across the court to the left, when having an even amount of points. Correspondingly, when having an odd amount of points, the player serves from left to right.
SPECIALITIES FOR THE DOUBLES GAME:
Players are named: Even and Odd The Even player serves as explained above, but the Odd player serves exactly in the opposite way. A player serves as long as he is able to score points. After that his team mate continues.
After both players on the team have lost their serve once, the other team may start serving. The first serve comes always from the right serving area and the first server, when having even points, is the Even player and Odd player on odd points correspondingly.
SPECIAL EXCEPTION: When a new set begins the team that serves first has only one serve (even player).