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Badminton Olympics

by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
(Islamabad, Pakistan)

Badminton is considered one of the important athletic game in the whole world. It is not only played between Asian countries but also has a good name in European countries too. People of all ages plays it in delightful and enjoying manner in order to remain fit and healthy.


Badminton made it's debut in summer 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona and since then it has been contested in 5 Olympiads. In every Olympics badminton competition, 50 different nations take participation with 19 appearing all 5 times. It is carefully organized and managed by BWF (Badminton World Federation). In the first appearance in Olympics, 4 events were held, with singles and doubles events for both men and women.

Four medals were awarded in each event, including two bronzes. In the next Olympics of 1996 which was held in Atlanta, 5 events were held. There were addition of Mixed Doubles in it.

Badminton World Federation ranking list is used to determine for the qualification of Olympics. For singles, 29 competitors are selected. For doubles, 19 pairs are selected. General method of selection is purely ranking base. Qualification process stops when qualification positions are filled. All players or pairs from the top 16 gets qualify for Olympics.

There are some restrictions like National Olympic Committee can send a maximum of three players or pairs. Players and pairs ranked below that only qualify if they are the highest ranked competitor from their nation. Each continent must have qualified for Olympics Badminton and it should be highest ranked player or pair. Badminton Olympics competition exerts a mighty reflection on players Badminton’s rankings.

Olympic badminton consists of a single elimination tournament. Each match is played to the best of three games. Games are of 21 points. New point system Rally scoring is used, meaning a player does not need to be serving to score. A player must win by two points or be the first player to 30 points.

Nations which took part till 2008 Olympics are :-

1) Algeria
2) Australia
3) Austria
4) Belarus
5) Belgium
6) Bulgaria
7) Canada
8) China
9) Chinese Taipei
10) Czech Republic
11) Czechoslovakia
12) Denmark
13) Egypt
14) Estonia
15) Finland
16) France
17) Germany
18) England
19) Greece
20) Guatemala
21) Hong Kong
22) Hungary
23) Iceland
24) India
25) Indonesia
26) Iran
27) Ireland
28) Italy
29) Jamaica
30) Japan
31) Lithuania
32) Malaysia
33) Mauritius
34) Mexico
35) Netherlands
36) New Zealand
37) Nigeria
38) Norway
39) Peru
40) Philippines
41) Poland
42) Portugal
43) Romania
44) Russia
45) Seychelles
46) Singapore
47) Slovakia
48) Slovenia
49) South Africa
50) South Korea
51) Spain
52) Sri Lanka
53) Suriname
54) Sweden
55) Switzerland
56) Thailand
57) Trinidad & Tobago
58) Uganda
59) Ukraine
60) Unified Team
61) United States
62) Vietnam
63) Zambia

For the first time in Youth summer Olympics held in Singapore 2010, there introduced a format of group play and knockout stages in badminton competition.

Nowadays, whole world is waiting for Badminton Olympics 2012 to be held. Badminton 2012 summer Olympics is scheduled to be contested between 25 July to 5 August. The competitions will take place at the same place where World Championships were played this year at Wembley Arena London in front of at least 6000 spectators.

There will be 172 athletes competing in five events: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.



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