Badminton is the world’s fastest racket sport. The flight of the shuttlecock, a simple missile of cork and goose feather, has been recorded at speeds of 260 kilometres per hour. Players have been known to cover more than six kilometres in a single match.
Badminton is played between two or four athletes. To score a point, badminton players hit the shuttlecock with their rackets in an attempt to make the shuttlecock land on their opponent’s court. Games are played to 21 points. The player or team that wins the best of three games takes the match. A point is scored on every rally, with the winner of the rally serving to start the next rally.