March 12 (Reuters) - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics involves 33 sports, including badminton.
Here are some key facts about badminton at the Olympics.
Introduced: Badminton was officially added to the Olympic programme at the 1992 Barcelona Games after first appearing at the 1972 Olympics as an exhibition event.
A mixed-doubles event was introduced at the 1996 Olympics.
Events: Men and women each compete in singles, doubles and mixed-doubles formats, with five competitions in total.
Scoring: Competitors must win two of three games to win a match. The first to reach 21 points with at least a two-point margin wins.
The Olympic competition is organised in a round-robin tournament format.
Skills and technique: Badminton is considered as much a mental game as a physical one, with players attempting to anticipate their opponents moves, as in a chess match.
Competitors use rackets and maneuvers like drop shots and smashes that are similar to tennis in some respects, but use a shuttlecock instead of a ball.
Top Competitors: China has fielded the strongest competitors in the sport, having won 18 gold medals in badminton since it was introduced to the Games.
Sources: International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Badminton World Federation
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Ken Ferris