How Badminton Entered the Olympics

12 September, 2017

July 28th, 1992, was arguably the highest profile day in the history of badminton. It was certainly the most significant since the formation of the international governing body 58 years before, and perhaps since the game developed into an organised sport near the end of the 19th century. That date was the day badminton first appeared in an Olympic Games, and became elevated to a status which transformed its popularity and funding. Achieving this was a far longer and harder task than many people realised, because the obstacles were some of the most formidable in international politics.