Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best badminton players from the Americas during its XVIII edition.
Badminton is divided into three modalities: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Currently, it is considered the fastest racquet sport due to the great speed that the shuttlecock can reach, with historical records of over 320 km/h.
Badminton is a racquet sport played with a shuttlecock, where two players (singles) or two pairs (doubles) are placed on the opposite sides of a rectangular court split in half by a net. Players score points by striking the shuttlecock over the net with their racquets and into the opponents’ half of the court. The point ends when the shuttlecock touches the ground, after crossing over the net. In singles, the court measures 13.40 m long and 5.18 m wide, and is transversely divided into two equal parts by a net located 1.55 m. above the floor.
Lima 2019 will feature the Peruvian badminton team, who bagged 4 bronze medals at the Rio 2007 Pan Am Games. Besides, it took home 5 gold and 5 silver medals at the 2009 Bolivarian Games in Sucre, as well as 4 gold medals at the Medellin 2010 South American Games.
Badminton can be traced back to India in the mid-18th century, where it was created by British military officers stationed there. Also referred to as “poona” after the town of Poona, where it was popularized. The game was brought to England where it developed and established its rules.
Drive: A fast, low, near-horizontal shot over the net.
Drop: A shot hit softly and so quickly that it lands close to the net on the opponent’s side.
Rally: An exchange of shots while the shuttle is in play.
Shuttlecock (or birdie): A feathered projectile struck by the player’s racquet.
Smash: A hard shot hit downward into the opponent’s court.