Barcelona is hosting once again a top-level badminton event. The city has a lot to say in the development of badminton as an official sport in the Olympic program. Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee, fought for years to include badminton in the Olympic program.
With the Munich 1972 precedent, where badminton was included as an exhibition sport, Sir Craig Reedie - current president of the World Anti-Doping Association - from his position as president between 1981-1984 of the once called International Badminton Federation, invited Samaranch to the World Championships in Copenhagen 1983. From that moment, badminton occupied a privileged position in the Olympic race that was certified at the 90th Session of the International Olympic Committee in East Berlin in 1985.
One year later, Samaranch pronounced the unforgettable phrase “à la ville de... Barcelona”. Badminton had already a house for its Olympic debut. From those historical Mar Bella headquarters, where there is currently a bádminton school from the sports catalan council that keeps the 1992 flame alive, Spain has matured with the organization of major events such as the 2001 and 2006 World Championships, the 2018 European Championships and a large number of world and European events that guarantee high quality standards to face a reference competition that will be based at the Center Municipal Olympic Sports Center Vall Hebron.