And because of that, a game that usually isn't considered a contact sport was - for at least one match.
There was a fight between two former badminton doubles partners from Thailand at the Canada Open over the weekend.
As the players changed sides on Sunday, the players went after each other.
One player chased the other to a neighboring court before slugging him several times.
The player who got pummeled ended up needing stitches.
But he injured player claims he was hit with a badminton racket, not a punch.
The match was awarded to the doubles team featuring the injured party.
Badminton authorities are investigating.