Badminton is a game played on a lawn or court played with lightweight rackets. The shuttlecock is made with 16 goose feathers weighing around 5 grams. It is derived from Poona in 1860 when British soldiers used to play in India. The Badminton world federation (BWF) was established in 1934. Badminton is popular in Japan, Malaysia, Japan and Denmark. The BWF world’s first championship was held in 1977. The rectangular court is 44 feet long and 17 feet wide for singles, 20 feet wide for doubles. A net 5 feet high stretches across the width of the court at its centre. A clear space of 4 feet around the court is needed.