Fastest racket sports
Badminton is one of the world’s quickest racquet games, and it is expected to excite the fans at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre during GC2018.
The top athletes from throughout the Commonwealth will compete in a race of speed, agility, and precision. The mixed team draw for badminton has been published, so here’s all you need to know about the fast-paced sport before the Games begin.
How does it work?
There will be six medal events at GC2018, including men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and mixed team competitions.
The game is won by the first player to reach 21 by two points, and the match is won by the best of three games. The team or person who scores two points in a succession at deuce (20-all) wins the game.
The Commonwealth Games is one of the few sporting events that includes a mixed team event. The thrilling concept brings together men and women, singles and doubles athletes, and the greatest team in each discipline wins.
The club that wins the most games in their group will come out on top. For example, if one team wins all five matches in a round, they will receive a five-point round, while their opponent will receive a zero-point round. The top two teams advance to the knockout rounds of the competition.
The mixed team event takes place across the first five days of the Badminton competition, with medals awarded on Monday, April 9th, and can be an exciting preview of the singles and doubles action to come.
The singles and doubles tournaments, as well as the mixed doubles, will be played over the next six days.
According to Wendy Chen, a three-time Oceania champion and Olympian, badminton players cover almost 5 kilometres per match.
Chen told GC2018.com, “We actually run more than tennis players.”
“We have to be on the move all of the time. You must be able to take off as soon as you land. It necessitates a high level of bodily reactions as well as excellent eye and hand coordination. We’re continually jumping and landing, always twisting, and after each shot, you have to return to the centre position.
Badminton training is rigorous, ensuring that athletes are prepared for the long rallies and physical stress. A typical training week for Chen may consist of three weight training and court sessions, as well as four gym and running sessions.
At the Commonwealth Games, badminton will be played.
Since it was included to the schedule in 1966, England had dominated Commonwealth Games Badminton until the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games.
The tables were flipped in Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia earning first place in the medal tally. They’ve been on top for the past five Games, winning three gold medals in Glasgow.