Badminton is a sport played at the Summer Olympics. Badminton was introduced for the first time as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Then in exhibition sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics the men’s and women’s singles and doubles have been held at all Summer Olympics since the 1992 Summer Olympics. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Badminton Tickets online.
The Mixed Doubles Badminton Tournament started at the 1996 Summer Olympics. The ranking of the World Badminton Federation (BWF) is used to determine the qualification of the players for the tournament.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics each singles tournament had 38 competitors while each doubles tournament had 16 pairs. All players or pairs in the top 16 BWF rankings habitually qualify although each National Olympic Committee (NOC) may send fewer than 3 players or pairs in each tournament.
The top 64 then qualify by saying that each NOC can only send two players pairs from this part of the list. Players and pairs ranked below 64th place are qualified only if they are the highest-ranked competitors in their country.
The Tripartite Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will determine two places in men’s and women’s singles. The host country if it has not already qualified two competitors receives at least two single players or a pair. The rules used in the tournament are the same as those of the BWF.
Gao Ling is the leader for the most Olympic medals in badminton with 2 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze Kim Dong moon two gold, one bronze, and Gil Young-ah one of each are 2nd for the most medals in badminton each with three. Gao, Kim and Zhang Junare the all-time leaders for the most gold medal wins with two.
In the 2000 Olympic Games China swept the women’s doubles tournament winning all 3 medals making it the only sweep in Olympic badminton history. China has been the most effective nation in badminton winning 38 medals 28 of them were from the women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles tournaments.
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