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English are confirmed as best Badminton Players In The World!!!

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Matt Ross, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. Matt Ross

    Matt Ross Regular Member

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    A history lesson for you all, you may find it interestin. Of course we know the basics, 'BATTLEDORE AND SHUTTLECOCK', being invented at the badminton house at Beaufort, England, but how did we get the game as it is today?

    In the early centuries, the people were seperated by the feudal system, the higher class and the lower class who were very poor. The lower class used to play games during festivals and no other times. They would play games like mob football where thousnads of people would play and kick hell out of each other, as there were no written rules etc.
    However, each little village had it's own way of playing the game, and no two ways were the same. The higher class boys in the villages see how the game was played, and the real change happened when these high class boys went to public schools (schools where you have to pay money per term eg eton, harrow). Boys from all over the country went to the 7 main public schools at the time, taking with them their own version of the game. When it come to P.E, the P.E teacher took all little bits of each biys game and made one final game that they all played All well and good, but they could still not compete because with 7 public schools, each school would have their own game still. So, how did the games change? The higher class people who got their degrees went on to the two top universities at the time, Oxford and Cambridge. This meant all the boys from the 7 public schools went to the two universities, each with their adapted games, but different to everyone elses. In Oxford and Cambridge, they done the same and took a bit of everyones game and then made one final one, and shared it with eachother's University, so both played the same game.
    Once they finished their tuiton, the went back to their village and introduced the games back in the public lower class, with some form of rules that had been created.

    So, have England got the best badminton players in the world? Well, we DID, but only in the 18th and 19th centuries :p ;)
     
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    LOL, the small disclaimer at the bottom page helps:p
     
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    Matt,
    Good story.

    The United States used to be a powerhouse in badminton too (in the 50's and early 60's) where they won 12 LS and 8 WD, 1 MS, 1 MD, & 1XD in a span of 15 years.
     
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    I see... nice to know how badminton developed... hmmm I guess tennis must've been created when a boy wanted to play badminton but could only find a round ball to hit? Which happens to be too fast to be played on a small area... And squash came out when a tennis boy couldn't find a friend to play with? :p hahahahaa jk!~ no offense to anyone intended ;)
     
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    Tennis balls were first formed by stuffing human hair into them, and sown in by old cloth, yuck.
     

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