Badminton first became a full-medal sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to that, badminton was a demonstration sport at the 1972 Summer Olympics and an exhibition sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
As of 2014, badminton has been a medalled sport at six different Summer Olympics. During that time, 63 different nations have participated in badminton at the Olympic level. At the 1992 Olympics, four events were held in badminton: singles and doubles competitions for both men and women. At the 1996 Olympics, a mixed doubles competition was added for badminton. As of 2014, China has won the most Olympic medals in badminton with 38, including 16 gold.Learn More
The purpose of the modern Olympic Games is to promote peace and unity within the international community through the medium of sports. The founder, Pierre de Coubertin, saw the games as a way to bring political enemies together.Full Answer >
The first ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, which is a sanctuary on the Peloponnesos peninsula. The site and the games were sacred to Zeus, the king of the Greek gods of Mount Olympus.Full Answer >
The five interlocking Olympic rings represent the athletes of five continents coming together to compete in the Olympic games. Each color represents the colors of the flags used by every nation in the Olympics at the time the logo was designed.Full Answer >
Each individual Olympic ring does not have a meaning, but the rings and background overall represent the colors of the flags of every country that participated in the Olympic Games at the time of the symbols' creation. The symbol was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1912.Full Answer >