Sport: Badminton's Rebirth

Badminton, modern version of the ancient game of battledore & shuttlecock, takes its name from the county seat of the Duke of Beaufort. Legend says it started there in 1873 when the guests at a dinner party stuck goose quills in champagne corks, began batting them across the table.

For the next 25 years, badminton led a double life. In England it enjoyed a mild vogue as a socialite amusement for which the proper uniform was evening dress. In garrisons and officers' clubs in India where it was called poona, badminton was played more...

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