[Competition venue: Musashino Forest Sport Plaza]
Court Long Wide Singles 13.4m 5.18m Doubles 13.4m 6.10m
Net: 1.524 m (5 feet) high at the centre
Badminton is a sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net.
It is contested in singles (one against one) and doubles (two against two) events.
Shuttlecocks are generally made with goose feathers. In elite-level games, initial speeds of smashes can exceed 400 km/h. However, the shuttlecock reduces speed to 100 km/h or less when it reaches to the opponent. Such a dramatic difference in travel speed is unique to badminton, and is possibly the most appealing aspect of the sport.
Tactics and strategies during a rally are also attractions of Badminton. In singles, players attempt to move the opponent to create space and hit the shuttle into the empty space. In doubles, rallies are faster than singles rallies. In mixed doubles, various strategies are deployed (women normally play at the frontcourt area while the men play in the backcourt area).
Badminton originated from the ancient game called “Battledore and Shuttlecock” in Britain.
In the mid 19th century, the game was very popular at the stately home of a local Duke in the English village of Badminton, and rules were devised to make the game more fun. As the game became widespread, rules were further refined, and the game eventually developed into the sport we know today.
Badminton was a demonstration sport at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games and the Seoul 1988 Games. It was introduced as an official sport at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
Noticeable results achieved by Japanese athletes in recent years include a silver medal won by the women's doubles team (Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa) at the London 2012 Games.
(IOC Announcement, June 9, 2017)
Men Women Event Singles Singles Doubles Doubles Mixed Mixed Doubles