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Badminton, a fast-paced racquet sport that features bursts of energy and skillful shots, is played by two opposing individuals (also known as singles) or two opposing pairs (or doubles). Matches take place on a rectangular court divided into two equal halves by a net. Players of any skill level are able to participate and play the sport, making it a truly global sport and played by competitors worldwide. The talent, agility and fast reaction times that elite athletes regularly display during competition has also made it a popular spectator sport.

Badminton has its origins in the ancient game of battledore (meaning “bat” or “paddle”) and shuttlecock, which may have originated more than 2,000 years ago. For many years, the sport consisted of two players hitting a shuttlecock backwards and forwards without allowing it to hit the ground. Badminton first appeared at the Olympic Games as a demonstration sport at Munich in 1972. It became a full medal sport at the Barcelona Games in 1992, with the mixed doubles event added to the Olympic programme four years later in Atlanta.

At Baku 2015, the energising display of 160 of Europe’s finest Badminton athletes will take place at Baku Sports Hall from 22 June to 28 June 2015. The competition will include five medal events, with men and women competing separately in singles and doubles events, as well as together in the mixed doubles event.



Qualification places for Badminton will be determined based on the BWF ranking list, host NOC allocation and universality.


Medal events

Men Women
Singles Singles
Doubles Doubles
Mixed Doubles


Facts and figures

  • Players may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor, or if a judge announces a fault.
  • Badminton players need to have remarkable reaction skills, as the the shuttlecock can travel at speeds of more than 400km/h.
  • Both singles and doubles Badminton matches are played over the best of three games, and each game is won by the first player or doubles pair to reach 21 points by a margin of two clear points.

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    Badminton, a fast-paced racquet sport that features bursts of energy and skillful shots, is played…