Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996
Format: Round-robin qualifying pools, followed by single-elimination tournament.
Deng Yaping and Qiao Hong were the defending gold medalists and 1995 World Champions. But their countrywoman, Liu Wei and Qiao Yunping, had defeated Deng/Qiao at the 1993 Worlds and the 1994 Asian Games. They met again in the final in Atlanta, with Liu and Qiao winning the first games, but Deng and Qiao won in four games. In the second game, they were down 8-18, but won 25-23.