Olympics Sports >> Badminton
THE 5 TOURNAMENTS
- Men: Singles and doubles
- Women: Singles and doubles
- Mixed doubles
In the singles there will be 16 round-robin qualifying groups of three or four players. Only the group winner will then advance to elimination matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
In the doubles there will be four round-robin groups of four pairs. The top two pairs in each group qualify for direct elimination quarter-finals, followed by semi-finals and the final.
The birth of badminton due to English officers who, returning to Gloucestershire from India, started playing a version of the Indian game "Poona". With no ball they used a champagne cork with feathers in it.
First rules recorded by Colonel Selby.
- 1972 and 1988
Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games in Munich and Seoul.
Badminton officially becomes part of the Olympic programme in Barcelona.
- Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen (Denmark)
1996 Olympic champion in Atlanta (only non-Asian medalist in badminton at these Games), triple European champion in 1992, 1994 and 1996.
- Camilla Martin (Denmark)
Olympic silver medalist in 2000, 1999 world champion and European champion in 1996, 1998 and 2000. The ex-girlfriend of compatriot and former world number one Peter Gade.
- Susi Susanti (Indonesia)
First Olympic gold medalist for Indonesia in 1992, just two hours before her boyfriend Allan Budi Kusuma won the men's singles. Also world champion in 1993 and 6 times Grand Prix winner between 1990 and 1996.
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