Badminton was derived from a traditional game of Battledore and Shuttlecock that dates back centuries. The modern game has its roots in India where British officers played a similar game and then brought it to England where it was further developed and rules were set out. Today Badminton is played around the world and has the highest global participation rate of any indoor sport. Badminton was a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympics and earned full medal status in 1992 for singles and doubles play, with mixed doubles added in 1996.
Scoring in badminton has recently switched from service point scoring to rally point scoring where the player or team who wins the rally gains a point and also serves the next rally. Scoring is to 21 points for all games; however, players must win by a two-point margin. A match is the best two out of three games.
Fast paced and exciting, the Canada Games badminton competition is played in five formats – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed.