Badminton had its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 6 Olympiads. 63 different nations have appeared in the Olympic badminton competitions, with 19 appearing all 6 times. It is governed by the Badminton World Federation.
The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich saw the first appearance of badminton, as a demonstration sport.
Two decades later the sport debuted in competition at the Barcelona 1992 games where 4 events were held, with singles and doubles events for both men and women. Four medals were awarded in each event, including two bronzes.
The next Olympics, Atlanta 1996, had 5 events with the addition of mixed doubles. There was also now a playoff between the two semifinal losers to determine the sole winner of the bronze medal. This format has continued to 2016.