Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics: Preview, Schedule, Venue, Timing, Live Streaming and More

With only a few weeks left for the Olympics to start, let us take a look at all you need to know about badminton at the Tokyo Olympics.

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics
Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics

Badminton had its official debut at the Olympics in 1992, where four events were introduced. It was only at the next 1996 Olympics that the mixed double also made its debut, and since then 5 medals have been consistently awarded in badminton.

Asia is considered a major powerhouse in badminton, with all Asian countries, especially China, Indonesia, and South Korea dominating since its inception. India has won 2 medals in badminton at the Olympics, of which the first was a bronze by Saina Nehwal at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2016 at the Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu clinched a silver medal for India, becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal.

Let us take a look at everything you need to know about badminton at the Tokyo Olympics.

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics: Preview

PV Sindhu sai badminton - FirstSportz
Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics

India will be sending four shuttlers to the Olympics to compete in three different events. PV Sindhu will be back stronger, hoping to win another Olympic medal for India. World no. 7 will go against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Won and Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel as she is placed in group I. PV Sindhu became the world champion in 2019, and is India’s biggest hope for a medal in badminton at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sai Praneeth will be representing India in the men’s singles event. He will be in group D and will go up against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands and Misha Zilberman of Israel.

The men’s doubles event will see the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The pair is in Group A and will go up against the world no. 1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. They will also go up against the Chinese Taipei pair Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin as well as the Great Britain pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics: Schedule

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics- Schedule
Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics- Schedule

Here is a schedule of badminton at the Tokyo Olympics. The events will be held from 24th July to 2nd August and will comprise 173 players from 50 nations. All timings are in Japan Standard Time (JST) which is 3 hours 30 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time (IST).

Sat 24 July- 9am to 2:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Sat 24 July- 6pm to 10pm

  1. Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  2. Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  3. Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  4. Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  5. Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Sat 25 July 10am to 3:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Sat 25 July 6pm to 9:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Mon 26 July 10:00am – 3:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Mon 26 July 6pm to 9:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Group Play Stage

Tue 27 July 10:00am – 3:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage

Tue 27 July 6pm – 9:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Men’s Doubles Group Play Stage
  • Women’s Doubles Group Play Stage

Wed 28 July 9:00am – 2:30pm

  • Women’s Singles Group Play Stage
  • Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals

Wed 28 July 6pm to 9:30pm

  • Men’s Singles Group Play Stage

Thu 29 July 9:00am – 3:30pm

  • Mixed Doubles Semifinals
  • Men’s Doubles Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Singles Round of 16

Thu 29 July 5:00pm – 10:00pm

  • Men’s Singles Round of 16
  • Women’s Doubles Quarterfinals

Fri 30 July 9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Women’s Singles Quarterfinals
  • Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match

Fri 30 July 3:30pm – 9:30pm

  • Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony
  • Women’s Singles Quarterfinals
  • Men’s Doubles Semifinals

Sat 31 July 9:00am – 4:00pm

  • Men’s Singles Quarterfinals
  • Women’s Doubles Semifinals

Sat 31 July 6:00pm – 11:00pm

  • Women’s Singles Semifinals
  • Men’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Doubles Victory Ceremony

Sun 1 Aug 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • Men’s Singles Semifinals

Sun 1 Aug 8:30pm – 11:00pm

  • Women’s Singles Bronze Medal Match
  • Women’s Singles Gold Medal Match
  • Women’s Singles Victory Ceremony

Mon 2 Aug 1:00pm – 3:30pm

  • Women’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match
  • Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Women’s Doubles Victory Ceremony

Mon 2 Aug 8:00pm – 11:00pm

  • Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match
  • Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match
  • Men’s Singles Victory Ceremony

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics: Venue

Musashino Forest Sports Plaza
Musashino Forest Sports Plaza- Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics

All badminton matches will be held at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first new venue that has been constructed and completed for the Tokyo Olympics. Construction took three and a half years and cost over $300 million to complete.

The arena has a seating capacity of 10,000 and includes  a swimming pool, a gym, a multi-use sports area and two fitness studios. The venue will also be hosting the fencing events at the Tokyo Olympics as well as the wheelchair basketball event at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Badminton at the Tokyo Olympics: Time and streaming

On the first day, the matches will start at 9 am Japan Time, which is 5:30 am IST. However, each day will have different timings. Japan time is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of IST. The live streaming for Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast on Sony Sports Network in India.

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