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Which are the most important tournaments in Badminton?

Which are the most important tournaments in Badminton?
Which are the most important tournaments in Badminton?

Nowadays, we have the chance to watch all sorts of sports. Depending on which country you are from, you are probably interested in things, such as football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, cricket, and so on.

Each of these sports has fans from all over the world, which is why some of the biggest tournaments of the year bring together millions of people. In addition to the sports mentioned above, there are many other things that people are interested in, like badminton.

This is a racquet sport, where people use a racquet to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Usually, this sport is played in singles or doubles (two players per team), but in some cases, you may find larger teams.

According to some sources, this sport became popular in India, after which it gained a lot of attention in Europe. Nowadays, most Asian countries (especially China) dominate most international tournaments.

Similar to any other sport, this one has several big events that take place throughout the year. That's why you shouldn't be surprised when you read a review of Melbet and find out that some of the leading betting platforms allow their clients to wager on badminton matches.

Let's check out which are some of the most popular badminton events that you should check if you want to learn more about this fantastic sport.

The Summer Olympics

The Olympic Games is the most prestigious tournament for pretty much any sport, apart from football, where the FIFA World Cup is generally considered the most important event.

When it comes down to badminton, the sport made its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics that took place in Barcelona. Since then, sixty-nine different nations have appeared in this competition, which is governed by the Badminton World Federation.

What's interesting was that there were four events that took place during the Olympics in Barcelona. The next Olympics, which took place in Atlanta, featured five competitions, and it seems like it was the better option because the same format was kept until 2016.

The BWF World Tour

The following badminton tournament that you might be interested in is called the BWF World Tour. Organized by the Badminton World Federation, this is a competition where the best players in singles and doubles compete go up against each other.

What's interesting about this event is that it replaced the BWF Super Series. The latter was one of the most prestigious events, which was held for over ten years.

The Sudirman Cup

The last notable tournament that you should check out if you like this sport is the Sudirman Cup. It is a mixed team badminton championship, which is held once every two years. The event is named after a former Indonesian badminton player called Dick Sudirman. Hence, it probably doesn't come as a surprise that the first Sudirman Cup took place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Unlike other events, this one does not have a monetary prize pool. Instead, players compete for their respective countries.
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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States22251764
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia12211750
Great BritainGreat Britain11121235
Today's Olympic highlights header

Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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