• "Modern badminton began as "poona" in India. In the 1860s it was adopted by British Army officers stationed in India. The officers took the game back to England, where it became a success at a party given by the Duke of Beaufort at his estate called "Badminton" in Gloucestershire. The first badminton club in this country, the Badminton Club of New York, was formed in 1878." SOURCE:
  • Badminton originated in China some 50 years before the birth of Christ. Modern day Badminton originated at a party in India. A few of the guests, soldiers, and statesmen fastened feathers onto a champagne cork, and used the bottles as bats, and thus instituted a game which they called "Poona". This game received immediate popularity and was taken to England by English army officers stationed in India in 1873. The name of "Badminton" came from the village of Badminton, the residence of a Duke who was an enthusiast of the sport.

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