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Last Updated: Thursday April 03 2008 13:20 GMT


Dan Lin of China in action

Matches are either singles or doubles, a bit like tennis, but players hit something called a shuttlecock, over a much higher net than in tennis.

Points are scored when the shuttlecock lands in the opponent's court. Shuttlecocks don't bounce.

In men's singles and doubles the winner is the first to get to win two games, by scoring 15 points. In women's singles they only need to score 11 points.