Updated: Sunday, 20th October 2019 @ 6:24am

London 2012 Olympics preview: Badminton

London 2012 Olympics preview: Badminton

By Steven Oldham, Chief Sports Correspondent

As Great Britain counts down to the starts of the Olympics, MM will be running a regular series focussing on each of the Olympic sports in turn, starting with badminton.

Badminton is a relatively new Olympic sport, debuting in 1992.  Athletes from across the world take part in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles.  Since being developed in British India in the mid-18th-century and rules being standardised in England in 1887, badminton has grown into a sport popular worldwide, with over 300,000 American residnets playing on a weekly basis.

Great Britain has participated in all five games since badminton’s inclusion.  We sit sixth in the medals table, with a silver and a bronze both gained in the mixed doubles.  Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson came second in 2004, with Simon Archer and Joanne Goode getting the bronze medal four years earlier in Sydney.

There are a number of venues across Greater Manchester where you can play badminton now – you don’t have to wait until 2012.  This is just a small selection – check your local listings.

  • National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street , Manchester, M11 4DQ – 0161 223 2244
  • Belle Vue Leisure Centre, Kirkmanshulme Lane, Belle Vue, Manchester, M12 T4F – 0161 953 2470
  • Parrswood Sports Centre, Parrswood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, M20 5PG – 0161 445 2379
  • Oldham Sports Centre, Lord Street, Oldham, OL1 3HA 0161 621 3220
  • Trafford Badminton Club, Manchester Health Academy, Baguely, M23 9BP


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