London 2012 Olympic Games

07 April, 2016

There was talk of badminton coming home. After 19 years it returned to Wembley Arena, home of the All-England Open for almost four decades when it was the world’s most important tournament.

Now it housed perhaps the world’s most important match, a stupendous Olympic men’s singles final in which China’s Lin Dan beat Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei by the narrowest of margins, prompting many to call it the greatest ever.

It was followed by Zhao Yunlei becoming the first badminton player to win two gold medals in the same Olympics, and by China becoming the first nation to win all five titles. The message from a refurbished Wembley was clear – the balance of power had long ago moved east.