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Wind gods come to play as badminton moves outdoors

Since its inception in the 19th century, badminton has been confined to indoor stadia and halls.

However, after five years of research, the BWF have developed a new outdoor shuttlecock, the AirShuttle, with increased durability, stability and wind resistance to allow people to play on hard, grass and sand surfaces.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Monday unveiled AirBadminton, a new outdoor version of the game, as part of a project to increase global participation in the sport.

BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer, the Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medallist, believes outdoor badminton will unlock doors to a highly attractive version of the professional sport.

The BWF confirmed they are now working with leading sports manufacturers to mass produce and rollout the AirShuttle. The eventual aim is for the shuttlecock to be played in winds up to 12 kmph. The new version of the game will also be played on new court dimensions, making it more suitable to play in outdoor environments, BWF said.

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