Early forms of badminton were played in China, India and Greece but the modern game, the world's fastest racket sport, began to develop in England in the late 19th century.
Factbox on badminton
Early forms of badminton were played in China, India and Greece but the modern game, the world's fastest racket sport, began to develop in England in the late 19th century. Badminton is named after the Duke's of Beaufort residence in Gloucestershire ? Badminton House ? where the sport was played in England for the first time. The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was founded in 1934 and the sport was a late entrant to the Olympic fold. It first featured in the Games in 1992 in Barcelona, with men's and women's events, having been a demonstration sport at the 1972 Games. Mixed doubles was added to the programme at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Since then, badminton's popularity has grown, especially in China, South Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. Coaching is now allowed between points.
Men's and women's singles Men's and women's doubles Mixed doubles
There are 86 men and 86 women competing.
Men's singles: Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia) Men's doubles: Ha Tae-kwon/Dim Dong-moon (South Korea) Women's singles: Zhang Ning (China) Women's doubles: Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen (China) Mixed doubles: Gao Ling/Zhang Jun (China)
Aug. 15 ? Women's doubles Aug. 16 ? Women's singles Aug. 16 ? Men's doubles Aug. 17 ? Mixed doubles, men's singles
Beijing University Gymnasium *Reuters