Friday, February 12, 2016

Badminton and the Summer Olympics Games

Badminton is one of the sports featuring in the coming Rio 2016 Summer Olympics games. Badminton was first played in the Summer Olympics of 1992 in Barcelona Spain. Since then it has featured in all other subsequent Olympics editions and will be featuring in Rio 2016 Summer Olympics schedule to take place in August 2016. Most Successful nations in Summer Olympics Badminton

Only 4 nations have ever won gold medals, with China being the most successful nation have won 16 gold medals. The top three most successful nations in Summer Olympics Badminton sport are from Asia and these nations are China; the most successful, followed by Indonesia with 6 Gold medals and South Korea which has won 6 Gold medals too.

Denmark has been the most successful team in Europe has won one gold medal. No North America nation have ever won a gold medal is a Summer Olympics Badminton sport. Other European nations that have won a medal are Russia which has participated in the last five editions of the Summer Olympics and have won 1 bronze medal, the other nation is Netherlands which have participated five times and have won one silver medal. The table below has all the details

Since its appearance in the Olympics, 63 nations have participated but only 19 have appeared in the all 6 editions of the games. These 19 nations are shown in the table below.

Badminton Summer Olympics Medal Table and Nations Participation

Continent

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Asia

China

16

8

14

38

 

Hong Kong

0

0

0

0

 

India

0

0

1

1

 

Indonesia

6

6

6

18

 

Japan

0

1

0

1

 

Malaysia

0

3

2

5

 

South Korea

6

7

5

18

 

Thailand

0

0

0

0

North America

USA

0

0

0

0

 

Canada

0

0

0

0

Europe

Bulgaria

0

0

0

0

 

Denmark

1

2

3

6

 

Finland

0

0

0

0

 

France

0

0

0

0

 

Germany

0

0

0

0

 

Great Britain

0

1

1

2

 

Poland

0

0

0

0

 

Sweden

0

0

0

0

Oceania

Australia

0

0

0

0

 

How Africa has fared in the Summer Olympics Badminton Sport

5 African teams have participated in Summer Olympics Badminton sports. Mauritius Badminton team have participated in more editions than any other African country, had participated in the 1992 edition of the Summer Olympics, participated in the 1996, 2000 and 2008. Egypt and Uganda have each participated twice, Egypt in 2000 and 2008 editions, while Uganda participated in 2008 and 2012 editions. Algeria and Zambia have each participated once; both were in the 2008 Summer Olympics editions. What is the origin of Badminton?

The name badminton originates from a Duke’s of Beaufort’s house in Badminton where the game was supportably invented by two guests of the Duke, but this as the story goes as there no historical evidence to suggest the same. There has been other suggestion for the originality of the Badminton sport which indicates that the game may have originally been played in Eastern Asia and not invented by some guests in Great Britain. All in all it does not really matter whether the Badminton was first played in one wet afternoon at the Duke’s house in Badmintons estate by a couple of bored guests who are said to have used the children’s battledores and shuttlecocks or fist played by someone in Eastern Asia because the game is both entertaining to watch and exciting to play. Is Badminton Similar to Tennis?

Badminton is almost similar to lawn tennis, but with some differences all the same. Some key differences with tennis are: In Badminton, the serving player is one who scores, while the one served receives rewards for any winning shot and unlike tennis the scoring goes up in single points.

The equipment used for playing badminton are different in that they slightly lighter than those used i tennis. Besides the ball is not a ball but a bird and semicircle with feathers on one end and it does not bounce but goes in a volley.

There are also differences in the way the game is played; a badminton player uses only the wrist while a tennis player uses the whole arm.

Badminton is great sport and we hope to enjoy watching it in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.