Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

08 April, 2016

Badminton’s second excursion in its great Olympic journey achieved the kind of success that it was now expecting – and some it had not. Drawing on its social roots, it increased the involvement of women, thereby gaining support in an area of the world where it had been underestimated. Badminton also became an attraction for celebrities.

Alongside this progress, Poul-Erik Høyer produced a rare and stunning European success despite the dominating excellence of the four leading Asian nations. Neither singles title was won by a favourite; throughout these Games the emotional ambience was so powerful that top seeds wobbled and fell.