Sudirman Cup

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Sudirman Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 Sudirman Cup
SportBadminton
Founded1989
No. of teams16 (finals)
CountriesBWF member nations
Most recent
champion(s)
 China (12th title)
Most titles China (12 titles)

The Sudirman Cup is an international badminton mixed team competition contested by member countries of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every two years since the inaugural tournament in 1989. It used to be held at the same venue for the World Championships in the same year until the International Badminton Federation (now the BWF) decided to split the two tournaments starting from 2003.[1] There are five matches in every Sudirman Cup tie which consists of men and women's singles, men and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The cup is named after Dick Sudirman, a former Indonesian badminton player and the founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI). The current champion is China, which won its 12th title at the 2021 tournament in Finland.

There is no prize money in Sudirman Cup; players play for their respective countries and to earn BWF World Ranking points and national prestige.

Trophy[edit]

The Sudirman Cup stands 80 cm high. It is made of 22 carat (92%) gold-plated solid silver and stands on an octagonal base made of jati wood (Java teak wood). The body of the Cup is in the form of a shuttlecock and is surmounted by a replica of the Borobudur Temple. The handles are in the shape of stamens, symbolising the seeds of badminton.

The Cup was made by Masterix Bandung Company at the price of US$15,000.

Format[edit]

The Sudirman Cup is an international competition that does not stage a qualification round. The competing teams are divided into 7 groups based on their performances. Only teams in Group 1 will have a chance to lift the trophy as the teams in other groups fight for promotion. Only six teams compete in Group 1 until 2003 before it is increased to 8 in 2005 and later to 12 teams in 2011.[2]

Originally, the teams who finish last in the group were relegated to the lower group for the next edition, except the final group. The promotion-relegation system was last used in 2009, and teams competing are now grouped by world rankings.[3]

Result[edit]

Year Host Final Semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up
1989
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
3–2
South Korea

China

Denmark
1991
Details
Copenhagen, Denmark
South Korea
3–2
Indonesia

China

Denmark
1993
Details
Birmingham, England
South Korea
3–2
Indonesia

China

Denmark
1995
Details
Lausanne, Switzerland
China
3–1
Indonesia

Denmark

South Korea
1997
Details
Glasgow, Scotland
China
5–0
South Korea

Denmark

Indonesia
1999
Details
Copenhagen, Denmark
China
3–1
Denmark

Indonesia

South Korea
2001
Details
Seville, Spain
China
3–1
Indonesia

Denmark

South Korea
2003
Details
Eindhoven, Netherlands
South Korea
3–1
China

Denmark

Indonesia
2005
Details
Beijing, China
China
3–0
Indonesia

Denmark

South Korea
2007
Details
Glasgow, Scotland
China
3–0
Indonesia

England

South Korea
2009
Details
Guangzhou, China
China
3–0
South Korea

Indonesia

Malaysia
2011
Details
Qingdao, China
China
3–0
Denmark

Indonesia

South Korea
2013
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
3–0
South Korea

Denmark

Thailand
2015
Details
Dongguan, China
China
3–0
Japan

Indonesia

South Korea
2017
Details
Gold Coast, Australia
South Korea
3–2
China

Japan

Thailand
2019
Details
Nanning, China
China
3–0
Japan

Indonesia

Thailand
2021
Details
Vantaa, Finland
China
3–1
Japan

South Korea

Malaysia
2023
Details
Suzhou, China
2025
Details
China

Successful national teams[edit]

Indonesia initially won the tournament in 1989. Throughout the history of the tournament, eight countries have reached through to the semifinal round in all tournaments of Sudirman Cup: China, Denmark, England, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.

China is the most successful national team in the Sudirman Cup (12 victories), followed by Korea (4 victories) and Indonesia (1 victory). The tournament has never been won by a non-Asian country, Denmark is the only European country that came close to winning it, in 1999 and 2011.

Team Champions Runners-up Semi-finalists
 China 12 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2021) 2 (2003, 2017) 3 (1989, 1991, 1993)
 South Korea 4 (1991, 1993, 2003, 2017) 4 (1989, 1997, 2009, 2013) 8 (1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2021)
 Indonesia 1 (1989) 6 (1991, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2007) 7 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
 Japan 3 (2015, 2019, 2021) 1 (2017)
 Denmark 2 (1999, 2011) 9 (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2013)
 Thailand 3 (2013, 2017, 2019)
 Malaysia 2 (2009, 2021)
 England 1 (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Korn Dabbaransi new IBF President". Utusan Online. 4 June 2001. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Tournament ABC". Sudirman Cup 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ Sachetat, Raphaël. "Sudirman Cup to Change Format". Badzine. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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