LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Meet the BBC team

July 23, 2012

BBC Sport’s full line-up of presenters and commentary teams for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Leading figures from the world of sport such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Tim Henman are joined by household names from BBC television, including Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Sue Barker, Barry Davies, Jake Humphrey and Matt Baker.

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TV: Michael Vaughan to examine retirement from sport in new BBC documentary

April 27, 2012

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is to front a new BBC One documentary looking at the issues and emotions involved in retiring from a successful sporting career.

In a thought-provoking documentary to air on May 9, Sporting Heroes: After The Final Whistle looks at life after sport and the challenges that competitive athletes face once their career is over.

Travelling the across the world, he meets some of the biggest names in world sport and investigates the many different issues that top sports stars face when retirement finally beckons.

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LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Badminton

January 1, 2000

Badminton players at the London 2012 Olympic Games will need lightning-fast reactions if they’re to keep up with shuttlecocks travelling at speeds in excess of 250mph.

During the 19th century, British military officers in the Indian town of Poona added a net to the ancient game of battledore (meaning bat) and shuttlecock, and named this new game after the town. 

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