Soldiers brought the game back to England in the 1850s. The sport got its current name in 1860, in a pamphlet by Isaac Spratt, an English toy merchant, titled Badminton Battledore – a new game.
This is to describe the game played at Badminton House, the property of the Duke of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England.
The first basic rules in the history of badminton were written by the Bath Badminton Club in 1877. The English Badminton Association was established in 1893 and its first international championship was held in 1899 with the All-Around Championship. England.
Badminton is now a popular sport around the world, particularly in East and Southeast Asia, where the sport currently dominates, as well as in Scandinavian countries.
The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was founded in 1934 and its pioneer members include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zeeland and France. India joined as an affiliate in 1936.
At the IBF Extraordinary General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, in September 2006, the proposal to change the name of the International Badminton Federation to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was unanimously accepted by the 206 delegates present.
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