from July 27 to August 12
The sport is played with a special racket and can be practiced in singles or doubles. The player must place in the opponent’s court a special ball formed by 16 feathers from the left wing of a goose, held together with a cork base and covered by a small layer of leather.
During the Olympic Games, Badminton gives five gold medals: one in men’s and women’s singles, one in men and women’s doubles and one in mixed doubles. Despite having its origins in the XVI Century, it did not become an Olympic sport until Barcelona 1992.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
With four gold medals in World Championships, the Chinese is playing to defend the Olympic title. Experts consider him the greatest player of all time.
Wei Lin Dan have never won any gold medals in Olympic Games or World Championships, but he beat his archrival six times in other championships finals, against twelve defeats.
Debuting in Atlanta 1996, winning a gold medal in the mixed doubles category. In the men's mixed, he won bronze in Sydney and Athens.
Zhang Ning was the only two-time champion in the event, winning gold medal in the last two Olympic Games: Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.