rules, scoring system and equipment

Elwanda Tulloch


Find out more about the racket sport which has featured at the Summer Olympics since 1992.

Badminton is set to be one of the big draws at Tokyo 2020 with two-time defending world champion Kento Momota hoping to win Japan’s second Olympic title in the sport.

Chen Long and Carolina Marin will defend their singles titles in Japan with golds also up for grabs in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

While badminton is most popular in Asia, it also attracts great interest in Europe with players from Denmark among those regularly challenging for top honours.

Want to learn more about badminton? Here’s a look at the rules and equipment you need to play, plus a brief history of the sport at the Olympic Games.

The basic rules of badminton

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