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Badminton at the Summer Olympics
Governing body BWF
Events 4 (men: 2; women: 2)
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Badminton had its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 5 Olympiads. 50 different nations have appeared in the Olympic badminton competitions, with 19 appearing all 5 times. It is governed by the Badminton World Federation.



The 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona saw the first appearance of badminton. 4 events were held, with singles and doubles events for both men and women. Four medals were awarded in each event, including two bronzes. The next Olympics, Atlanta 1996, had 5 events with the addition of mixed doubles. There was also now a playoff between the two semifinal losers to determine the sole winner of the bronze medal. That format has been used for the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 11 6 13 30
2  South Korea (KOR) 6 7 4 17
3  Indonesia (INA) 6 6 6 18
4  Denmark (DEN) 1 1 2 4
5  Malaysia (MAS) 0 2 2 4
6  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 1 2
7  Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
Total 24 24 28 76


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.


Olympic badminton consists of a single-elimination tournament. Each match is played to the best of three games. Games are 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

The following nations have taken part in the badminton competition.

Nation 92 96 00 04 08 Years
Algeria X 1
Australia X X X X X 5
Austria X X 2
Belarus X X 2
Belgium X X 2
Bulgaria X X X X X 5
Canada X X X X X 5
China X X X X X 5
Chinese Taipei X X X X 4
Czech Republic X 1
Czechoslovakia X 1
Denmark X X X X X 5
Egypt X 1
Estonia X 1
Finland X X X X X 5
France X X X X X 5
Germany X X X X X 5
Great Britain X X X X X 5
Greece X 1
Guatemala X X X 3
Hong Kong X X X X X 5
Hungary X X 2
Iceland X X X 3
India X X X X X 5
Indonesia X X X X X 5
Iran X 1
Ireland X X 2
Italy X 1
Jamaica X 1
Japan X X X X X 5
Lithuania X 1
Malaysia X X X X X 5
Mauritius X X X X 4
Mexico X 1
Netherlands X X X X 4
New Zealand X X X X 4
Nigeria X X 2
Norway X X 2
Peru X X X 3
Philippines X 1
Poland X X X X X 5
Portugal X X X X 4
Romania X 1
Russia X X X X 4
Seychelles X 1
Singapore X X X X 4
Slovakia X 1
Slovenia X X 2
South Africa X X X 3
South Korea X X X X X 5
Spain X X X 3
Sri Lanka X X 2
Suriname X 1
Sweden X X X X X 5
Switzerland X X X 3
Thailand X X X X X 5
Trinidad and Tobago X 1
Uganda X 1
Ukraine X X X 3
Unified Team X 1
United States X X X X X 5
Vietnam X 1
Zambia X 1
Nations 36 37 28 32 50 63
Year 92 96 00 04 08 5

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