Badminton Demonstration at the Olympics
Badminton was a demonstration or exhibition sport twice at the Olympic Games before it became an official part of the Olympic program in 1992. See more about Badminton at the Olympics.
The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich saw the first appearance of badminton, as a demonstration sport. All games played on September 4, 1972. There were four events, with a total of 25 participants from 11 countries. The events were men's singles and doubles, women's singles, and mixed doubles. Several entries in the doubles events were mixed teams of players from different nations. The men's singles and men's doubles were won by Indonesian athletes.
Badminton was an exhibition sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. There were five events: men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Competitions took place at the Seoul National University Gymnasium on 19 September 1988. South Korea won three of the gold medals on offer, China the other two.