Known as the fastest competitive racket sport in the world, Badminton is played using a unique piece of equipment called a shuttlecock (or shuttle) – a rounded cork attached to an aerodynamic cone traditionally made of goose feathers.

The objective is for opponents to hit the shuttle between each other over a net. If the shuttle hits the ground, the opponent wins the point.

The winner of the game is the first player or pair to reach 21 points, unless the score reaches 20-20. In this instance, at 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game. At 29-all, the first player or pair to reach 30 wins the game. A match is the best of 3 games.

Birmingham 2022 will see men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, as well a mixed doubles tournament.

Previous Commonwealth Games Appearances

Badminton was first contested at Kingston in 1966 and has been played at every Games since.