Mr. Vincent Olasogba
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Welcome to Badminton Section at the Lagos Country Club Ikeja.
The Badminton Section has two standard playing courts and a gallery that accommodates about a hundred people.
Badminton is a Racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles) who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their Racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents half of the court. A rally ends once the Shuttlecock has hit the ground, and each side may only strike the Shuttlecock once before it passes the over the net.
The Shuttlecock (or Shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique Aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most Racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the Shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is best played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game.
Since 1992, badminton has an Olympic sport with five events: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair is a man and a woman. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.
Badminton has been played since ancient times; an early form of the sport was played in ancient Greece. In Japan, the related game Harfetsuki was played as e"aflyas the 16th century. In the west, badminton came from a game called battledore and shuttlecock, in which two or more players keep a feathered shuttlecock in the air with small racquets.
The International Badminton Federation (IBF) (now know as Badminton World Federation) was established in 1934 with Canada, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales as its founding members. India joined as an affiliate in 1936. the BWF now governs international badminton and develops the sport globally.
While set-out in England, International badminton has traditionally been dominated by Denmark from Europe. Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia are among the nations that have consistently produced world-class players in the past few decades and dominated competitions on the international level, with China being the most dominant in recent years.
To win in badminton, players need to employ a wide variety of strokes in the right situations. These range from powerful jumping smashes to delicate tumbling net returns. Often rallies finish with a smash, but setting up the smash requires subtler strokes. For example, a netshot can force the opponent to lift the shuttlecock, which gives an opportunity to smash. If the netshot is tight and tumbling, then the opponent's lift will not reach the back of the court, which makes the subsequent smash much harder to return.
Deception is also important. Expert players prepare for many different strokes look identical, and use slicing to deceive their opponents about the speed or direction of the stroke. If an opponent tries to anticipate the stroke, he may move in the wrong direction and may be unable to change his body momentum in time to reach the shuttlecock.