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Original name of Badminton

Poona was one of the original names for Badminton. It was named after the garrison town of Pune. The game was developed in India whilst under British rule.

Fastest Racket sport

The fastest racket sport in the world is badminton, with shuttlecock speeds sometimes reaching more than 200 miles per hour.

14 feathers on a Badminton shuttle

Olympic badminton rules say that the Shuttle has to have exactly fourteen feathers.


The Duke of Beaufort loved the Indian game of Poona so much that in 1873, he played the game at his Country Estate in badminton, England and this is how it got its International name.

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