This Olympic Badminton
The Olympic Badminton Tournament took place at the Dome and Exhibition Centre in Sydney. The event was on an elimination round by round basis. With five categories to win golds from. Men's and women's singles and doubles along with a mixed doubles event. The youngest participant was Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana who was just 18 years and 208 days old (Sports reference, 2013) . Only five countries shared the medal honours. China were dominant, winning four of the five Golds available and it was Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya of Indonesia in the men's doubles that spoiled a clean Gold sweep for the Chinese team. Other medallists were from South Korea, Denmark and Great Britain.
The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism.They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010) . In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport,catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.
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