Badminton explained (Part one)

Find out everything you need to know about badminton at London 2012 - from the rules of the sport, to the venues it will be played in, to the equipment required.

For those looking to get started, badminton equipment can be relatively inexpensive to buy, with some sport centres and clubs also offering a rental service. There are more than 2,200 clubs in the United Kingdom and you can find out where they are located by visiting the Badminton England,Badminton Ireland,Badminton Scotland and Badminton Wales websites.

Visit the London 2012 schedule and results page on the BBC Sport website to find out details of when the Olympic badminton events are taking place, and where you can watch them.

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