Badminton and the Olympic Games - Lord Killanin Speaks05 December, 2017
For many years the I.B.F. has been pushing the claims of Badminton for inclusion in the Olympic Games, and it is now understood that a likely revision of the overall Olympic programme of events is to be made in two year's time for operation in the Games of 1984.
In a recent interview on television (BBC2) Lord Killanin, the President of the International Olympic Committee, answered various questions pertaining to the Games in general, and we give the following quotations from "The Listener" (London) of February 5th.
Asked whether the Olympic Games had not become too big, Lord Killanin replied as follows:-
"Yes, they have got far too big, and I think, in the years ahead, we have got to see about that. Under my predecessor, they started trying to cut the numbers of people in each sport and certain events. I don't think that is really the right way about it. I think one has to either cut out certain sports completely, as not suitable, or add sports and change the set-up of the area in which the Games are held. I think it can be done without losing the atmosphere."
Asked which sports he thought ought to disappear, Lord Killanin answered:
"I prefer not to discuss particular ones, but remember, there are millions of sports like Badminton knocking at the door, which are played right across the world, in the facilities which already exist. I believe that we must concentrate as much as we can on sports which do not cost a lot of money…”
"I personally think that the more individual sports in the future, the better. The sports, basically, should be judged on a clock, on scores, and not on human emotions, a judge's eye, which has always been some trouble."
Badminton players, the world over, will read with pleasure that Lord Killanin appeared to imply very strongly that our sport now possesses irrefutable claims for Olympic inclusion, and that it alone amongst others seeking such recognition was singled out for mention by him.
We can be pleased to read, too, of Lord Killanin's views that individual sports should gain prior recognition. This is a point that "World Badminton" made in its editorial last October. Another great advantage in Badminton's claims is one to which the President has also referred, that it would not cost a lot of money.
The quotations above give optimistic ground for hopes that shuttles will be seen flying wherever the 1984 Games are held. That venue has not yet been decided. Let us hope that the chosen city will be one where Badminton is already enthusiastically played, and then the Badminton tournament will not only not cost very much, but will also add considerably to the general income on the Games.
-- World Badminton, February 1976