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MRSC PHOTOSHOOT - BADMINTON 2019 - BY DAPHNEY DUPRÉ (18) 4x4

About badminton

Badminton is a racket sport involving two players (singles) or two pairs (doubles), playing on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by hitting the shuttlecock with their racket, so it falls into their opponent’s side of the field. Play ends once the shuttlecock strikes the floor or gets caught in the net.

Badminton has been a top Olympic sport since 1992. As the fastest racket sport worldwide, it requires excellent physical condition and, very good technical and tactical skills. The most powerful smashes can go up to 450 km/h; in doubles, it is common to see a dozen exchanges in less than 10 seconds!

Practice

Players

25

Days & times

Tuesdays and/or Fridays

Kids: 5 pm – 6 pm | Adults: 6 pm – 7 pm

the coach

Shama Aboobakar

Shama started playing at the age of 7. At 12, she joined the National Badminton Centre where she trained 5 times a week. Four years later, at the age of 16, Shama joined the Senior National Team.

 

She spent 17 years of her career representing Mauritius at different international tournaments. She was the champion of Mauritius several times in the Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Categories, and the Captain of the selection from 2009 to 2014.

 

Shama participated in three Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG), winning a total of 5 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. She also took part in 10 African Championships and was the champion of the African continent in 2015.