Badminton is one of the racket sports played using a racket and shuttlecock across a net. The history of badminton traced back to 1870s. It was evolved from the earlier game of battledore (racket) and shuttlecock. Initially, the game was named Poona or Poonah, a garrison town in India where it was developed among expatriate officers in British India. Subsequently, the “badminton” name derives from the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House in Gloucestershire, with unclear reason. The first rule for the game was drawn up in 1873. The British officers subsequently returned home by 1875 and set up a badminton club in Folkestone. The game was initially played outdoor until 1893 when The Badminton Association of England (BAE) published the new rules and launched the game indoor at Portsmouth. All England Open Badminton Championships is the first badminton competition organised by BAE in 1899.
In 1934, the International Badminton Federation, now known as the Badminton World Federation (BWF), was founded by mainly European countries such as England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand. BWF is the international governing body responsible for the regulations of the tournaments. Of note, the BWF headquarter is currently based in Kuala Lumpur. Examples of few prestigious badminton international tournaments are Thomas (since 1948) & Uber Cup (since 1956), Sudirman Cup (since 1989), BWF World Championship (since 1977), All England Championship (since 1899) and Summer Olympic games which become an official sport since 1992 in Barcelona. Although initiated in England, men’s badminton competition has been dominated in Europe by Denmark and in Asia by Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, India, South Korea and Chinese Taipei. The game has also become a popular backyard sport in the USA.
Badminton is one of the famous sports in Malaysia besides Sepak Takraw, Football, Rugby and Field Hockey. Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is the governing body of badminton and it’s training in our country. Malaysia has won beautifully in international badminton tournaments titles such as Thomas Cup (1949, 1952, 1955, 1967, 1992), All England Championship (1950-1957, 1959, 1965-66, 1971, 1982, 2003, 2007, 2010-11, 2014, 2017, 2021) and Olympic Silver (2008, 2012, 2016) & Olympic Bronze (1992, 1996, 2020).
Below are few of my personal collections of Badminton first day covers from various countries.
1) MALAYSIA (Thomas Cup & Uber Cup)
2) INDONESIA (Thomas Cup & Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup)
3) JAPAN (Badminton Sports)
For those of you interested in badminton stamps of various country, I found an article on it but it is written in Chinese:-
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