Badminton is a racket sport in which two players (singles) or two pairs (doubles) face off on opposite halves of a rectangular court divided by a net.
Unlike other racket sports, badminton is not played with a ball, but with a shuttlecock.
The players must hit the shuttlecock with their rackets so that it crosses the track over the net and falls into the opponent’s sector. The point ends when the shuttle hits the ground, after going over the net.
Badminton is, since the Barcelona Olympic Games (1992), an Olympic sport in five modalities: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In the latter, the couple is made up of a man and a woman. This sport is heavily dominated by Asian athletes: China, Indonesia and South Korea won 28 gold medals out of 29.