A great sport for fitness, badminton is excellent for people of all ages and provides a great choice for those wanting to give a new racket sport a go. Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach, and formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racket and landing it in the opposing side's half of the court. The game developed in British India from the earlier game of battledore and shuttlecock. European play came to be dominated by Denmark, but the game has become very popular in Asia, with recent competitions being dominated by China. Since 1992, badminton has been a Summer Olympic sport.
At the Mahikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) the sport is played at the Great Hall and the teams compete at the USSAs.
Badminton is a highly competitive Olympic racket sport in which players compete against each another in either a singles, doubles, mixed doubles or team championship. Badminton is a highly technical, physical and fast-paced sport played indoors or outdoors on a flat surface with a specially designed racket and shuttlecock that can reach speeds of over 400 km/h.
It is in fact currently the fastest racket sport in the world. If badminton had to be described in a few words, it could be said to be the most physical chess game in the world. While the running, jumping and lunging take a heavy toll on the body, it is the strategic part of the game that makes it interesting. Here at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) we also take pride in the fact that even though badminton is not one of the biggest sports on campus it certainly is not the smallest, with some of the best players in the country at university level and two national players playing for us.
The NWU is currently the best university at badminton in the country, winning every single event and title at the 2019 university championships, and we are confident that we will continue to do so in the future.