Badminton World Federation

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Badminton World Federation
2012 BWF logo.svg
Abbreviation BWF
Formation 1934
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
176 member associations
Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognized by the International Olympic Committee IOC. Founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales), the BWF has since expanded to 176 member nations around the world. On September 24, 2006, at the Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, it was decided to adopt the new name Badminton World Federation (BWF).[1]

Its head office was located in Cheltenham, UK since its founding, but on October 1, 2005, was relocated to Kuala Lumpur.[2] Its current president is Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen.[3]

Continental federations[edit]

Map of the World with five confederations

The BWF works in cooperation with regional governing bodies to promote and develop the sport of badminton around the world, they are:[4]

Region Confederation Members
   Asia Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) 41
   Europe Badminton Europe (BE) 51
   Americas Badminton Pan Am (BPA) 33
   Africa Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) 37
   Oceania Badminton Oceania (BO) 14
Total 176


Below is the list of presidents since 1934:[5]

No. Years Name
1 1934–1955 George Alan Thomas
2 1955–1957 John Plunkett-Dillon
3 1957–1959 Brigadier Bruce Hay
4 1959–1961 ACJ van Vossen
5 1961–1963 John McCallum
6 1963–1965 Nils Peder Kristensen
7 1965–1969 David Bloomer
8 1969–1971 Humphrey Chilton
9 1971–1974 Ferry Sonneville
10 1974–1976 Stuart Wyatt
11 1976–1981 Stellan Mohlin
12 1981–1984 Craig Reedie
13 1984–1986 Poul-Erik Nielsen
14 1986–1990 Ian Palmer
15 1990–1993 Arthur Jones
16 1993–2001 Lu Shengrong
17 2001–2005 Korn Dabbaransi
18 2005–2013 Kang Young-Joong
19 2013– Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen


Main article: BWF World Ranking

The BWF World Ranking and BWF World Junior Ranking are introduced to determine the strength of the players. BWF World Ranking is used for determining the qualification for entry and seeding for the BWF-sanctioned tournament. The points awarded is based on the final results of each tournament participated for the past 52 weeks. Junior Ranking consists of players under 19 years old.



The BWF regularly organizes six major international badminton events:

Two events are no longer held regularly:

  • World Cup was suspended since 1997. However, the BWF revived the event in 2005 (with China as host) but only as an invitational tournament. China swept gold in all 5 categories.
  • World Grand Prix has been on hiatus since 2000.

Open events[edit]

BWF also sanctions the open events into seven categories with different World Ranking points awarded, as order they are:

Official Online Channel[edit]

Since the year of 2011, BWF has launched an official online channel,,[6] where it brings the viewers live, catch-up and delayed streaming of the major events on its calendar such as BWF World Superseries and BWF World Championships.[7] is hosted on YouTube.


The BWF bestows special honours onto players, umpires, sponsors and other individuals for their achievement in badminton or for their contributions to badminton.[8]

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Hall of Fame
  • Herbert Scheele Trophy
  • Distinguished Service
  • Meritorius Service
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Eddy Choong Player of the Year (hiatus since 2008)
  • Best Male and Female Player of the Year
  • Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year
  • Women in Badminton


The new logo of the organization was unveiled in June 2007 and officially launched at the 2007 Sudirman Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. It was designed by Indonesian Aboeb Luthfy as part of the three months contest launched by the federation.[9] BWF launched new logo during 2012 Thomas & Uber Cup.[10]

Old logo during the organization was named "International Badminton Federation" 
Logo use between 2007–2012 


  • World Badminton (Journal)
  • The IBF Handbook

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Madrid Welcomes Badminton World Federation". 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ "BWF Council / Executive Board". BWF. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ Leung, Edwin (18 May 2013). "Poul-Erik Hoyer Wins BWF Presidential Election". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "BWF Members by Continental Confederation". BWF. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ "IBF/BWF Office Baerers (since 1934)". BWF. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Online Channel". BWF. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  7. ^ "About Online Channel". BWF. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Awards". BWF. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ Lacroix, Yves (2007-06-15). "EXCLUSIVE – BWF Unveils New Logo Today". Badzine. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ "BWF rebrand and launch new logo: Modern, Strong, Efficient". Badminton World Federation. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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