When did badminton become an Olympic sport?

Badminton is one of the popular sports, and many people are interested in it today. It not only helps players to exercise but also a sport that contributes to the regular Olympics. When did badminton become an Olympic sport? Join us to find out!


The history of badminton before the Olympics

Why did badminton appear?

Badminton is based on the name Bad Badminton House, which is the hometown of an English duke – Beaufort. It is also considered a combination of sword fighting and soccer. The British add the net to their traditional badminton game. It directly originates from Poona – a popular game played by British army officers during the 1960s in India.

Players will use a racquet and hit yellow wool balls originating from Tamil Nadu to cross the net and fall to a particular position. Initially, the upper classes liked to play this game in wet or windy weather to help power the ball. However, later people choose badminton instead of wool balls.

Duke Beaufort introduced the sport to England in 1873 and presented it to the public. He is also a developed country and creates the rules of Badminton play today. But up to now, Asia is one of the most developed regions for the sport.

Badminton before becoming Olympic sports

The first badminton tournament was held in the British town of Guilford in 1898. A year later, the British opened themselves to an open contest for male athletes across the country. The tournament has left a considerable echo. It has helped people to have a specific view and understanding of badminton.

Women’s competitions were also held a few years later. This sport gradually became popular and spread to other countries worldwide, such as Denmark, Malaysia, Japan, or Indonesia.

In 1934, the first badminton organization in the world was born as the International Badminton Federation (IBF), then renamed the World Badminton Federation (BWF). The first member countries included England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, France, and New Zealand. In 1936, the federation had a new member, India. And BWF becomes the most general regulator and authority in the subject. Currently, BWF dominates all badminton activities in the world and organizes international tournaments. If the number of founding members of the organization is only 9 members, the federation now has 149 members corresponding to 149 countries globally.

There are also two competitions globally, namely the Thomas Cup (held in 1939) for men and the Uber Cup (born in 1956) for women. Both made success and left an impression on the fans. And badminton got the most attention in the 1966s.

But in 1977, BMF decided to organize the first badminton Championship in the world. The tournament will be hosted in Kingston, Jamaica. Then, every four years, the federation will hold a similar match.

When did badminton become an Olympic sport?

In 1972, Badminton was chosen as the demonstration sport in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Although badminton was known and became famous many years ago, it was not until 1992 that it became the official sport to participate in the Olympic Games. Participation in the Olympics has brought the sport to sports fans around the world. And this is also the great pride of the British.

Both men’s and women’s singles and doubles badminton were introduced to everyone in 1992 in Barcelona. They bring back prestigious medals to the athletes. Each event has 4 medals including 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals. In that first Olympic competition, Indonesia dominated the arena thanks to four gold medals in all four events. And this is also the first gold medal that this country has been at the Olympics ever.

In Atlanta 1996, Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen won the men’s singles championship, while South Korea’s Bang Soo-Hyun came first in the women’s singles. Indonesia once again won the men’s doubles award. And the women’s doubles gold medal belongs to China. This match is also the first appearance of more struggle between the male and female duo. After this, the number of matches was held every 4 years.

And more than a century after helping introduced badminton to the world, two athletes Simon Archer and Jo Goode, won and brought home the first bronze medal for England in the men’s and women’s doubles.

Notable badminton events at the Olympic Games

After a long history, Asian countries have become the countries with the most badminton medals with achievements at the Olympics with 69/79 medals of all kinds in 16 years from 1992 to 2008. Countries ranked first are China, Korea, Indonesia. Then came England – the origin of this game and then Denmark.

However, in 2012, badminton was controversial at the Olympics held in London. During this Olympics, the organization decided to eliminate the four female doubles from China, Indonesia, and Korea. Because they deliberately set the score by playing in moderation and even failing. This caused the audience and all fans to speak out against the players’ non-athletic actions.

Many people believe that the problem lies in the game’s unreasonable form, not the athlete’s spirit. Finally, the BWF decided to change the women’s doubles competition at the Olympics to avoid cheating as in 2012.

And as usual, the matches are still held regularly until now with the participation of many countries around the world and the fans’ care. Up to the present time, Badminton has gone through 8 Olympic Games.

Besides the Olympics, it is also seen as a daily exercise. Because badminton is one of the few sports suitable for both children and the elderly. Moreover, regular badminton training also improves cardiovascular health, maintains endurance, and helps players become quick and alert.


Our above article shares the most specific information about Badminton and shows how it has evolved into an Olympic sport. We hope that the above sharing will be helpful and help you understand and love this sport better.

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