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Badminton World Federation

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Badminton World Federation
Formation1934; 90 years ago (1934)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
194 member associations
Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
Revenue (2019)
US$25.79 million[1]
Expenses (2019)US$28.27 million[1]
Websitewww.bwfbadminton.org Edit this at Wikidata

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine member nations (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales). In 1981 the IBF merged with the World Badminton Federation, and on 24 September 2006, at the Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, the name of the organization was changed to Badminton World Federation (BWF).[2]

When the BWF was founded (as the IBF), its head office was located in Cheltenham, UK. The head office was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 1, 2005.[3] Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen is the current president.[4] The BWF currently has 176 member nations around the world, organized into 5 continental confederations.

Continental federations[edit]

Map of the World with five Confederations

The BWF works in co-operation with regional governing bodies to promote and develop the sport of badminton around the world, they are:[5]

Region Confederation Members
   Asia Badminton Asia (BA) 43
   Europe Badminton Europe (BE) 54
   Americas Badminton Pan America (BPA) 37
   Africa Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) 44
   Oceania Badminton Oceania (BO) 16
Total 194


Below is the list of presidents since 1934:[6]

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


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.


Grade 1 (S-Tier)[edit]

The BWF regularly organises seven major international badminton events and two events for para-badminton:

Major tournaments:

Other major tournaments:

Para major tournaments:

Event(s) 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.

Grade 2 (A-Tier)[edit]

Grade 2 tournaments, known as BWF World Tour was sanctioned into six levels with different world ranking points awarded, as order they are:

  • Level 1: BWF World Tour Finals
  • Level 2: BWF World Tour Super 1000
  • Level 3: BWF World Tour Super 750
  • Level 4: BWF World Tour Super 500
  • Level 5: BWF World Tour Super 300
  • Level 6: BWF Tour Super 100

The events that were formerly held from 2007 to 2017 are:

Grade 3 (B-Tier)[edit]

Grade 3 tournaments, known as Continental Circuit was sanctioned into three levels with different world ranking points awarded, as order they are:


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


Over the years, the organization has had several logos. Originally it used the IBF logo. As the BWF, a new logo was adopted in 2007.[9] In 2012 it adopted a new, streamlined logo.[10]


  • World Badminton (Journal)
  • The IBF Handbook

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Perelman, Rich (24 May 2020). "Who's in the money? EXCLUSIVE analysis of our survey of International Federation finances". The Sports Examiner. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Madrid Welcomes Badminton World Federation". BadmintonAsia.org. 29 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ "BWF Council / Executive Board". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ Leung, Edwin (18 May 2013). "Poul-Erik Hoyer Wins BWF Presidential Election". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  5. ^ "BWF Members by Continental Confederation". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ "IBF/BWF Office Baerers (since 1934)". BWF. Retrieved 11 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "World Senior Championships". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Awards". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  9. ^ Lacroix, Yves (15 June 2007). "EXCLUSIVE – BWF Unveils New Logo Today". Badzine. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  10. ^ "BWF rebrand and launch new logo: Modern, Strong, Efficient". Badminton World Federation. 26 May 2012. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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