The sport is similar to that of Tennis, in where players hit an object over a net within a defined court. Differences between the games are that a shuttlecock is used rather than a tennis ball, also the shuttlecock must not touch the ground (otherwise the point is lost) whereas in tennis a ball is allowed to bounce just once.
A point is scored only once the shuttlecock has hit the ground, for a player to win a point, they must hit the ground (within the court) on the opposition players side. To win the point otherwise, the opposing player must hit the shuttle towards the players side of the court, and the shuttlecock would have to fall outside of the court.
Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 which includes mens and womens singles, mens and womens doubles, as well as mixed doubles. Players at this level require a high level of fitness with good agility, strength, precision, stamina, and speed.
The highest governing body of Badminton is the Badminton World Federation which has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has expanded to 159 member nations.