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Facts in the absence of news

posted 14 Feb 2012, 02:35 by Bret Allibone
As our next competitive fixture isn't until next week I'm left to make up my own news in the form of more badminton facts.  Read on...

- The official game of Badminton was born in a stately home in Gloucestershire, England, home of the Duke of Beaufort.

- Badminton is the Fastest Racket Sport with shuttle clocking speed in excess of 200 mph.

- The best shuttlecocks are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose.

- Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, after soccer.

- Badminton is an Olympic Sport played first in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

- More than 1.1 billion people watched the 1992 Olympic Badminton competition on television.

- Only 3 countries have won the Thomas Cup since it's inception in 1948: Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

- Only 4 countries have won the Uber Cup since its inception in 1956: USA, Japan, China and Indonesia.
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