• Dr. Mohan Dewan assisted by Adv. Shubham Borkar

Ancient India has made significant contributions to the world in various fields, including mathematics, science, philosophy, and spirituality. Many of these contributions have had a profound impact on the world.

Badminton is a popular racquet sport that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. The game has its origins in India, where it was first played in the city of Poona (now known as Pune) in the mid-19th century. In this article, we will explore the history of badminton and how it was invented in Poona, India.

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The Origins of Badminton

The origins of badminton can be traced back to ancient civilizations in Greece, China, and India, where variations of the game were played with shuttlecocks made of feathers or other materials. However, the modern version of badminton as we know it today was developed in Britain in the mid-19th century.

In 1873, a group of British officers stationed in Kirkee Military Station in the City of Pune (then called Poona), India saw a few local girls playing a game with a shuttle cock and rackets which they called "Poona" or "Poonah" after the city. The British officers reimagined the game, did certain modifications created a new game that would eventually become badminton.

The game quickly gained popularity among the British in India and was soon introduced to England, where it became known as "badminton" after the Duke of Beaufort's estate in Gloucestershire, where the game was played.

The first official rules of badminton were drawn up in 1877 by the Badminton Association of England, and the first badminton tournament was held in 1899. The game spread rapidly throughout the world and became an Olympic sport in 1992.

Badminton in India Today

Badminton has a special place in Indian sports culture, and the country has produced many world-class players over the years. The first badminton club in India was established in Pune in 1876, and the first national championship was held in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1934. The championship was won by an Indian badminton legend, the late Syed Modi, who went on to win the tournament seven times in total.

In the early years of Indian badminton, the sport was dominated by players from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, but in the 1970s and 1980s, the focus shifted to players from North India, particularly Uttar Pradesh. This period saw the rise of legendary Indian badminton players such as Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand, and Saina Nehwal, who have left an indelible mark on the sport in India.

Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal at the World Championships, winning the men's singles bronze in 1983. Pullela Gopichand followed in his footsteps by winning the men's singles title at the World Championships in 2001. Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championships, winning bronze in 2013.

Today, badminton is a popular sport in India, with numerous tournaments and championships being held at the national and international level. Indian players such as Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, and HS Prannoy are among the top players in the world and have brought great pride to the country through their achievements. India has become a powerhouse in international badminton, winning medals at major tournaments such as the Olympics, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.

The Indian Badminton League (IBL), a professional badminton league, was launched in 2013 and has helped to popularize the sport even further in the country. The league has attracted top players from around the world and has helped to raise the profile of Indian badminton on the global stage.

The invention of badminton in Poona is a proud part of India's rich sporting history and continues to be celebrated by badminton enthusiasts around the world.


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