Badminton had a surprisingly long history given its relatively recent introduction onto the Olympic scene. It was invented long long ago; its origins date back at least two thousand of years to the game of battledore and shuttlecock played in ancient China,India and Greece. It took its name from Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the home of the Duke of Beaufort, where the sport was played in the last century.Now, Gloucestershire is the base for the International Badminton Federation.
Founded in 1934 with nine members – Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales, membership of the International Badminton Federation has risen steadily. There was a notable increase in new members after badminton’s Olympic debut at Barcelona. Developments of the sport continue to grow and the current 142 members is expected to increase further.
The first major IBF tournament was the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championships) in 1948. Since then, the number of world events has increased with the addition of the Uber Cup (ladies’ team), World Championships, Sudirman Cup (mixed team), World Juniors and the World Grand Prix Finals.In 1996, saw the last of a highly successful invitational event, the World Cup. First time, in 1981 the World Cup was established to provide top players with an opportunity to earn greater levels of prize money.The World Grand Prix circuit has grown and prize money has increased, it has felt that the World Cup had served its purpose.
New competitions were planned including one-off spectaculars and the development of a super series. It was anticipated that these will attract greater sponsorship, prize money and television. During these days of mass communications, the importance of television to the world sport is self-evident. Televisions bring the action, excitement, explosive power of badminton into homes around the world. It pulls in the crowd to see the action live; it pulls in main sponsors.
Myanmar has not won gold medals in international badminton competitions for a decade. Now, the young badminton star Thet Htar Thuzar has changed that image for Myanmar badminton.She recently won gold in Uganda international badminton competition and also won gold medal in Kenya international badminton competition. She already won gold medal in BWF International Series in Egypt last year.