The Game: Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. The shuttlecock is a feathered or plastic projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently than the balls used in most racquet sports. The game is played with light, slender racquets and a shuttlecock. It is an Olympic sport and is played by millions of people around the world.
The Tests:Badminton surfaces are typically tested for shock absorption, slip resistance, and ball bounce. The shock absorption of a surface is measured using a force reduction test, which involves dropping a metal ball onto the surface and measuring the force of the rebound. The slip resistance of a surface is measured using a pendulum skid tester, which measures the friction between the surface and a rubber sole. The ball bounce of a surface is measured by dropping a shuttlecock onto the surface and measuring the height of the rebound.
The Details: The International Badminton Federation (IBF) has set specific guidelines for each of these tests, and surfaces must meet certain standards to be considered suitable for competitive play. There are several international governing bodies for badminton, including the Badminton World Federation (BWF), which is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The BWF is responsible for organizing and promoting international badminton tournaments, including the Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup for men's and women's national teams, respectively, and the BWF World Championships.
Other international governing bodies for badminton include the European Badminton Union (EBU), the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), the Pan Am Badminton Confederation (PABCON), the African Badminton Confederation (ABC), and the Oceania Badminton Confederation (OBC). These organizations are responsible for promoting and developing the sport of badminton within their respective regions.
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