Badminton at the Summer Olympics

Badminton at the Summer Olympics
Governing body BWF
Events 5 (men: 2; women: 2; mixed: 1)
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Note: demonstration or exhibition sport years indicated in italics

Badminton had its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 6 Olympiads. 69 different nations have appeared in the Olympic badminton competitions, with 19 appearing all 7 times. It is governed by the Badminton World Federation.


The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich saw the first appearance of badminton, as a demonstration sport. Two decades later the sport debuted in competition at the Barcelona 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. 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. This format has continued to 2016.


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

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Medal table

1 China (CHN)1881541
2 Indonesia (INA)76619
3 South Korea (KOR)67619
4 Denmark (DEN)1348
5 Japan (JPN)1113
6 Spain (ESP)1001
7 Malaysia (MAS)0628
8 Great Britain (GBR)0123
9 India (IND)0112
10 Netherlands (NED)0101
11 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (11 nations)343438106

Successful national teams

Below is the gold medalists shown based by category and countries after the 2016 Summer Olympics. China has been the most successful nation in the Summer Olympics. China is the only country ever to achieve a shutout of the medals, which they did at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Rank Country 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 Total
1  China 1 4 3 3 5 2 18
2  Indonesia 21 1 1 1 1 1 7
3  South Korea 21 2 1 1 6
4  Denmark 1 1
 Japan 1 1
 Spain 1 1

BOLD means overall winner of Badminton at Summer Olympic Games

^1 Indonesia and Korea are tied with two gold medals. However, Indonesia won two silver medals and Korea won one, thus Indonesia became the overall winner.

Medal summary by Event

Men’s Singles

1 China (CHN)4138
2 Indonesia (INA)2226
3 Denmark (DEN)1023
4 Malaysia (MAS)0314
5 South Korea (KOR)0101
Totals (5 nations)77822

Women’s Singles

1 China (CHN)42410
2 Indonesia (INA)1124
3 South Korea (KOR)1102
4 Spain (ESP)1001
5 India (IND)0112
6 Denmark (DEN)0101
 Netherlands (NED)0101
8 Japan (JPN)0011
Totals (8 nations)77822

Men’s Doubles

1 Indonesia (INA)3126
2 South Korea (KOR)2237
3 China (CHN)2114
4 Malaysia (MAS)0213
5 Denmark (DEN)0101
6 Great Britain (GBR)0011
Totals (6 nations)77822

Women’s Doubles

1 China (CHN)53412
2 South Korea (KOR)1236
3 Japan (JPN)1102
4 Denmark (DEN)0101
5 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (5 nations)77822

Mixed Doubles

1 China (CHN)3137
2 South Korea (KOR)2103
3 Indonesia (INA)1203
4 Great Britain (GBR)0112
5 Malaysia (MAS)0101
6 Denmark (DEN)0022
Totals (6 nations)66618


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. The numbers in the table indicate the number of competitors sent to that year's Olympics.

Nation 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 Years
 Chinese Taipei6554846
 Czech Republic2223
 Great Britain121112116487
 Hong Kong53453477
 New Zealand42234
 South Africa265415
 South Korea121712151312147
 Sri Lanka11214
 Trinidad and Tobago11
 Unified Team21
 United States63125377

See also

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