With stronger domestic competition, the United States will have its largest Olympic badminton team since the sport made its Olympic debut in 1992 after just three Americans qualified in 2012. The 2016 Games will also mark the first time the United States has been represented in all five badminton disciplines.
Also, why USA is not good at badminton?
So why is Badminton less popular in the US? Badminton’s lack of popularity in the US accounts to; a lack of media coverage, a smaller player base, limited earning potential as an athlete, absence of well known relatable players, rare success in the sport at the top level and cultural history of sports in the US.
Besides, has the US ever not won a gold medal?
Its high-water mark, 83, was reached during the 1984 Olympics, which were held in Los Angeles. Since 1948, the United States has never failed to win at least 32 gold medals. It kept that streak alive in 2021, although it fell short of matching its 2012 and 2016 hauls.
Where is badminton most popular?
Whilst badminton is a minority sport in the US it is widely played in Britain, Denmark, Sweden, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and several other countries. Britain alone has 4 million players, about 8% of the population. As a spectator sport it is very popular in the far east.
Invented in India in a version called poona. British army officers learned the game about 1870. In 1873 the duke of Beaufort introduced the sport at his country estate, Badminton, from which the game derives its name.
|Rank||Sport||Primary Sphere of Influence|
|1||Soccer (Association Football)||Globally|
|2||Cricket||UK and Commonwealth|
|3||Hockey (Ice and Field)||Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia|
By no doubt, American football is the most popular sport in the United States. Simply, it garners 37% of the population, claiming it to be their favorite sport in the States. In the meantime, it is also recorded to gain the highest number of live audiences in the stadium with 67,591 than any other league.
Badminton can be played as singles or doubles. In a single rally, there will be two players, playing with each other. While in a double rally, you can pair up with your friend and play a game of four. But the players are a set, like the sets of cards.
“Badminton is a sport that Asia has done well in at the international and world level, and this is a huge reason why the game is extremely popular.” The dominance of Asia’s badminton players at the top level helps to inspire others to pick up a racket, which in turn creates a healthy playing base.