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Why is badminton more popular in Asia than in Europe?

Why is Badminton more popular in Asia than in Europe?

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Badminton is a pretty cool sport that's really popular in most Asian countries. Places such as China and Indonesia are home to the best players in the world. That's why they usually dominate most international events, some of which take place within these countries.

Although there are a few exceptions, most European countries are not even close when it comes down to this sport. Needless to say, the continent is most interested in football, but it also has relatively strong volleyball and basketball teams. Unfortunately, only Denmark, England, Sweden and Spain can compete with the top Asian nations in badminton.

Let's take a look at a few reasons why this sport is not so popular in Europe.

People prefer other sports

Most people around the world like badminton, but when it comes down to Europe, people prefer other types of sports. Besides the sports we've already mentioned above, most European countries favour things like tennis, Formula 1, and so. That's why once people learn how to download 1xbet-mobile apk, the first thing they check is whether all of these sports are available on this platform.

Of course, there are different badminton tournaments, such as the European Badminton Championship, but it seems like they are not enough to popularise this sport.

Training-related issues

Unlike soccer and volleyball, sports, such as tennis and badminton, are more expensive because you need to buy special equipment, such as shuttles, shoes, rackets and nets. As a result, some people can't afford it.

Besides the equipment, another thing that some people might have to deal with is the expensive training course. Sometimes, you may have to pay a couple of hundred euros for a session, which usually lasts around two or three hours. Of course, this isn't the case in most Asian countries, which is why the people there can afford to attend these types of training sessions.

People didn't learn it from their parents

Most kids that grow up in Europe play different sports. Interestingly, all of the things we've mentioned were popular back in the days, which means that most kids kind of "inherit" their parent's hobbies.

Needless to say, most middle-aged people on the continent haven't played badminton. This means that some kids don't know anything about this sport until they reach a certain age. By that time, becoming a professional badminton player is really difficult because you have to compete against people who've been doing this since they were six years old.

It is hard to make a living out of it

Last but not least, badminton is not one of the sports that is famous for its massive prize pools and big sponsorship deals. Although there are several big events that can provide players with a decent amount of money, the prizes are nowhere near as big as what you could get if you are a footballer or a tennis player. That's why most people who play badminton do it for fun.
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