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05 Feb 2004
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ATHENS 2004: Badminton birds are on the wing

Badminton Sport Event spreads its wings as from today and until Sunday 8 February at the Goudi Olympic Complex. Fifty-eight athletes from six countries: Greece, Great Britain, Korea, Bulgaria, Moldavia, and Denmark, will compete in all Olympic categories: men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles.

Opening of the Goudi Complex
During the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, badminton competitions will be staged in the Goudi Olympic Hall, which has a seating capacity of 5,000. Competition events will take place over eight days (14 to 21 August). The finals will be conducted during the last four days of competition. The Badminton Sport event this week-end will effectively be the opening ceremony of the Goudi Olympic Hall.

Since 1992 in Barcelona
The origins of badminton are in India. The game made its first appearance in England on the Duke of Beaufort’s estate at Badminton. It joined the Olympic Programme at Barcelona in 1992.

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Official website of Athens 2004

Official website of the International Badminton Federation
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