Badminton at the Summer Olympics

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Badminton at the Summer Olympics
Badminton pictogram.svg
Governing bodyBWF
Events5 (men: 2; women: 2; mixed: 1)
Games
  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920
  • 1924
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1952
  • 1956
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1976
Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Badminton had its debut as official event on the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in eight Olympiads. 74 different nations have appeared in the Olympic badminton competitions, with 19 appearing all seven times. It is governed by the Badminton World Federation.

Summary[edit]

Games Year Events Best nation
1 No event until 1992
2
3
4
5
6 Olympics event cancelled due to world war I
7
8
9
10
11
12 Olympics event cancelled due to world war II
13 Olympics event cancelled due to world war II
14
15
16
17
18
19
20 1972 demonstration event 4  Indonesia
Games Year Events Best nation
21
22
23 No event until 1992
24 1988 exhibition event 5  South Korea
25 1992 4  Indonesia
26 1996 5  South Korea
27 2000 5  China
28 2004 5  China
29 2008 5  China
30 2012 5  China
31 2016 5  China
32 2020 5  China

History[edit]

The 1972 Summer Olympics saw the inaugural staging of badminton, as a demonstration sport. Two decades later the sport debuted in competition at the 1992 Games where 4 events were held, with singles and doubles events for both men and women. Four medals were awarded in each event, including two bronzes. At the following Games in 1996, had 5 events with the addition of mixed doubles. Since 1996 there is a playoff between the two semi-final losers to determine the sole winner of the bronze medal. This format has continued to 2020 Olympics.

Events[edit]

(d) = demonstration event
(e) = exhibition event

Current program
Event 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 24
Men's singles (d) (e) X X X X X X X X X
Men's doubles (d) (e) X X X X X X X X X
Women's singles (d) (e) X X X X X X X X X
Women's doubles (e) X X X X X X X X X
Mixed doubles (d) (e) X X X X X X X X
Events 0 0 0 0 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Medal table[edit]

As of the 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)20121547
2 Indonesia (INA)86721
3 South Korea (KOR)67720
4 Denmark (DEN)2349
5 Japan (JPN)1124
6 Chinese Taipei (TPE)1102
7 Spain (ESP)1001
8 Malaysia (MAS)0639
9 Great Britain (GBR)0123
 India (IND)0123
11 Netherlands (NED)0101
12 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (12 nations)393943121

Successful national teams[edit]

Below is the gold medalists showed based on category and countries after the 2020 Summer Olympics. China has been successfully dominating the Summer Olympics, it is the only country ever to achieve a shutout of the medals, which they did at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bolded numbers below indicate a country as the overall winner of Olympic badminton of that year.

As of the 2020 Olympics
Rank Country 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Total
1  China 1 4 3 3 5 2 2 20
2  Indonesia 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
3  South Korea 2 2 1 1 6
4  Denmark 1 1 2
5  Chinese Taipei 1 1
 Japan 1 1
 Spain 1 1

Medal summary by event[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

As of 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)4239
2 Indonesia (INA)2237
3 Denmark (DEN)2024
4 Malaysia (MAS)0314
5 South Korea (KOR)0101
Totals (5 nations)88925

Women's singles[edit]

As of 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)52411
2 Indonesia (INA)1124
3 South Korea (KOR)1102
4 Spain (ESP)1001
5 India (IND)0123
6 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0101
 Denmark (DEN)0101
 Netherlands (NED)0101
9 Japan (JPN)0011
Totals (9 nations)88925

Men's doubles[edit]

As of 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Indonesia (INA)3126
2 South Korea (KOR)2237
3 China (CHN)2215
4 Chinese Taipei (TPE)1001
5 Malaysia (MAS)0224
6 Denmark (DEN)0101
7 Great Britain (GBR)0011
Totals (7 nations)88925

Women's doubles[edit]

As of 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)54413
2 South Korea (KOR)1247
3 Japan (JPN)1102
4 Indonesia (INA)1001
5 Denmark (DEN)0101
6 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (6 nations)88925

Mixed doubles[edit]

As of 2020 Olympics
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)4239
2 South Korea (KOR)2103
3 Indonesia (INA)1203
4 Great Britain (GBR)0112
5 Malaysia (MAS)0101
6 Denmark (DEN)0022
7 Japan (JPN)0011
Totals (7 nations)77721

Qualification[edit]

The Badminton World Federation's ranking list is used to determine qualification for the Olympic tournament. For singles, 29 competitors are selected. For doubles, 19 pairs are selected.

The general method of selection is by ranking, though the selection process stops once all qualification positions are filled. All players or pairs from the top 16 places on that list qualify, though each National Olympic Committee can send a maximum of three players/pairs. Players and pairs through the 64th place on that ranking qualify, with the caveat that each NOC can send only two players/pairs from that portion of the list. Players and pairs ranked below that only qualify if they are the highest-ranked competitor from their nation.

In addition, one place in each of the singles events is awarded by the Tripartite Commission. There are also regulations on minimum representation. Each continent must have at least one player/pair. This is the highest-ranked player/pair from that continent if none have qualified through the standard selection process. The host nation, if it has not already qualified two competitors, receives two slots as well, either two singles players or one pair.

Competition[edit]

Olympic badminton consists of a group stage and single-elimination tournament. Each match is played to the best of three games. Games are up to 21 points. 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.

Participating nations[edit]

The following nations have taken part in the badminton competition. The numbers in the table indicate the number of competitors sent to that year's Olympics.

Nation 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 Years
 Algeria 1 1
 Australia 2 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 8
 Austria 2 1 2 2 1 5
 Azerbaijan [a] 1 1
 Belarus [a] 2 1 1 3
 Belgium 1 1 2 2 1 5
 Brazil 2 2 2
 Brunei 1 1
 Bulgaria 7 3 4 2 1 1 3 3 8
 Canada 6 7 6 7 4 4 2 8 8
 China 13 20 17 19 19 17 14 14 8
 Chinese Taipei 6 5 5 4 8 4 5 7
 Cuba 1 1
 Czech Republic [b] 2 2 2 3
 Czechoslovakia 2 Country dissolved into Czech Republic and Slovakia 1
 Denmark 12 16 18 12 10 9 8 9 8
 Egypt 1 1 3 3
 Estonia 2 1 2 2 4
 Finland 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 8
 France 4 2 3 3 2 2 2 4 8
 Germany 4 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 8
 Great Britain 12 11 12 11 6 4 8 7 8
 Greece 2 1
 Guatemala 1 1 1 1 1 2 6
 Hong Kong 5 3 4 5 3 4 7 4 8
 Hungary 3 1 1 2 4
 Iceland 3 1 1 1 4
 India 3 2 2 3 2 5 7 4 8
 Indonesia 13 20 19 14 11 9 10 11 8
 Iran 1 1 2
 Ireland 1 2 2 2 1 5
 Israel 1 1 2 3
 Italy 1 1 1 3
 Jamaica 1 1
 Japan 11 7 9 11 10 11 9 13 8
 Lithuania 2 1 2
 Malaysia 6 7 6 9 9 6 8 8 8
 Maldives 1 1 2
 Malta 1 1
 Mauritius 3 4 5 1 1 1 6
 Mexico 1 1 1 2 4
 Myanmar 1 1
 Netherlands 3 5 8 4 1 3 4 7
 New Zealand 4 2 2 3 4
 Nigeria 2 1 3 3
 Norway 1 1 1 3
 Pakistan 1 1
 Peru 1 1 1 2 1 5
 Philippines 1 1
 Poland 6 1 3 3 5 6 5 7
 Portugal 2 1 1 2 2 2 6
 Romania 1 1
 Russia [a] 5 3 2 2 6 4 [c] 6
 ROC [d] 4 1
 Seychelles 2 1
 Singapore 3 1 3 5 4 2 2 7
 Slovakia [b] 1 1 1 3
 Slovenia 1 1 1 3
 South Africa 2 6 5 4 1 5
 South Korea 12 17 12 15 13 12 14 10 8
 Spain 2 2 2 2 2 2 6
 Sri Lanka 1 1 2 1 1 5
 Suriname 1 1 1 3
 Sweden 8 10 6 3 1 1 1 1 8
 Switzerland 2 2 2 1 1 1 6
 Thailand 8 7 6 8 4 6 7 7 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1
 Turkey 1 1 1 3
 Uganda 1 1 2
 Ukraine [a] 3 3 2 2 2 2 6
 Unified Team 2 Dissolved 1
 United States 6 3 1 2 5 3 7 4 8
 Vietnam 2 1 2 2 4
 Zambia 1 1
Nations 36 37 28 32 50 51 46 49 74
Year 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020 8
  1. ^ a b c d Competed within the Unified Team
  2. ^ a b Competed within Czechoslovakia
  3. ^ Competed as ROC
  4. ^ Competed within the Unified Team (1992) and as Russia (1996–2016)

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