Excellent Matches at Olympic Tournament05 August, 2016
Badminton made its first incursion into the Olympic Games with the holding of the Demonstration Tournament at Munich on September 4th 1972 when two courts were prepared in the Volleyball Hall.
Many of the leading players of the world competed in the four events staged, and very great credit is due to the eleven national organisations of the selected players who willingly defrayed all the travel and living expenses of their players. The I.B.F. itself also spent a considerable amount of money on the venture which it is hoped will have achieved a positive effect in the desire for the game to be included officially in four years' time.
The German Olympic Commi'ttee also went to much trouble to provide the necessary amenities, but it was extremely disappointing that neither press coverage nor television, though promised, was apparent. This lack of desired publicity had, however, little effect on the spectator attendance, for more than three thousand on lookers, many from outside Germany, thoroughly enjoyed the finest feast of Badminton ever seen in the country. Spectating was much assisted by the superb electric scoreboards which not only showed the existing score of any match, but also which player was serving and whether a hand had or had not been lost.
Both men's events went to Indonesian's, Rudy Hartono and Ade Chandra and Christian Hadinata repeated their All-England Championship successes. The former lost the second game of his first round match with Jamie Paulson of Canada, though he was scarcely pressed after that aberation (?) for him. But Paulson played well, notably so after the second game, which he won, had been set. All other men's singles results went according to paper form.
The men's doubles provided an all-Asian final, though the Germans, R. Maywald and W. Braun, nearly upset the forecast. There were really only four actual pairs in the event, for the other three were all made-up combinations.
Mrs. Nakayama confirmed her right to being the champion singles player of the year, but she nearly came to grief against Mrs. Gilks. The English lady staged a superb back-to-the-wall fight to bring her from 4-10 down up to within a point of setting the final game. Another lady to achieve much distinction was Miss Utami Dewi of Indonesia who reached the final very unexpectedly after two excellent victories over such renowned opponents as Mrs. Twedberg and Miss Yuki, both recent All-England champions.
The mixed doubles went to Britain's Derek Talbot and Mrs. Gilks without loss of a game. In the final they reversed the result of their All-England final against the Danes, Svend Pri and Mrs. Strand.
Very late in the evening all the players and officials were the guests of the Deutscher Badminton Verband at an excellent dinner in Munich's renowned Batskeller.
R. Hartono (Ina) beat S. Pri (Den) 15-6; 15-1
N. Nakayama (Jpn) beat U. Dewi (Ina) ll-5,ll-3
A. Chandra / Christian H. (Ina) beat Ng Boon Bee / P. Gunalan (Mal) 15-4; 2-15; 15-11
D.Talbot / G. Gilks (Eng) beat S. Pri / U. Strand (Den)15-6, 18-16
-- World Badminton Oct 1972 (Text); Guinness Book of Badminton - Pat Davis (Image)