Athens 2004 Olympic Games

12 September, 2017

It was hard to escape a feeling that the presence of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus had affected the badminton in Athens. These were billed as the Olympics which were coming home, but some of the players appeared to feel that they had arrived in the presence of something overwhelming. Only one favourite won a title, the top seeds fell at the first hurdle in two events, and an unseeded player with a point to prove, Taufik Hidayat, won the men’s singles. His female counterpart Zhang Ning proved another, more universal point - that age cannot always be measured by numbers.