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The BWF World Championships (formerly known as IBF World Championships, also known as the World Badminton Championships) is a badminton tournament sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The tournament offers the most ranking points, together with Summer Olympic Games.The winners will be crowned as the "World Champions" and awarded gold medals. However, it does not offer any prize money.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine member nations, the BWF has since expanded to 176 member nations around the world. On 24 September 2006, at the Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, it was decided to adopt the new name Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The BWF World Ranking is the official ranking of the Badminton World Federation for badminton players who participate in tournaments sanctioned by Badminton World Federation. It is used to determine the qualification for the World Championships and Summer Olympic Games, as well as BWF World Tour tournaments. Seedings of draws at all BWF-sanctioned tournaments are conducted using the BWF World Ranking. Players under 19 years of age are eligible to rank in the BWF World Junior Ranking, which were introduced in January 2011. The following lists are the rankings:
Badminton had its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in seven Olympiads. 69 different nations have appeared in the Olympic badminton competitions, with 19 appearing all seven times. It is governed by the Badminton World Federation.
The tournament started in 1977 and was held once every three years until 1983. However, the IBF (International Badminton Federation) faced difficulty in hosting the first two events as the World Badminton Federation (which later merged with the IBF to form one badminton federation) hosted the same tournament a year after the IBF World Championships with the same goals. Started 1985, the tournament became biennial and played once every two years until 2005. Starting 2006, the tournament was changed to an annual event on the BWF calendar with the goal to give more chances for the players to be crowned as official "World Champions". However, the tournament will not be held once every four years to give way to the Summer Olympic Games.
The 1st International Badminton Federation World Championships were held in Malmö, Sweden in 1977.
The 3rd International Badminton Federation World Championships were held in 1983 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The World Badminton Federation is a former badminton organization, it was founded in February 1978 and ceased its operation on May 26, 1981 after it merged with the International Badminton Federation.
The table below gives an overview of all host cities and countries of the World Championships. The most recent games were held in Basel. The number in parentheses following the city/country denotes how many times that city/country has hosted the championships. From 1989 to 2001 the world championships were held immediately after the Sudirman Cup at the same location.
Basel or Basle is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city with about 180,000 inhabitants.
The 6th International Badminton Federation World Championships were held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1989.
The 12th IBF World Championships, also known as the World Badminton Championships, were held in the Palacio de Deportes de San Pablo, Seville, Spain, between 3 June and 10 June 2001.
So far, only 20 countries have achieved at least a bronze medal in the tournament: ten in Asia, eight in Europe, one in North America and one in Oceania. Africa is the only confederation that has not won a medal.
At the age of 18, Ratchanok Inthanon became the youngest winner of a singles title at the Championships.Ratchanok was less than 3 months older than Jang Hye-ock was when she won the women's doubles title at the 1995 Championships.
Jang Hye-ock was a female badminton player from South Korea.
The 9th IBF World Championships were held in Lausanne, Switzerland, between 22 May and 28 May 1995. Following the results of the women's doubles.
Several players have won gold medals in more than one category in a World Championship; this includes:
Lene Køppen is a former badminton player from Denmark who won numerous Danish national and major international championships from the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Noted for her speed and athleticism, she and Camilla Martin are the only Danish women to win both the World (1977) and All-England singles titles. In the first IBF World Championships in 1977 she captured mixed doubles as well as women's singles to become the first of only seven players, through 2010, to win two events in the same edition of this tournament. Notably, her badminton success came as she was studying and then practising dentistry. She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998. She is the mother of badminton player Marie Røpke.
Christian Hadinata is a former Chinese Indonesian badminton player. Though early in his career he was a fine singles player who reached the final of the prestigious All-England Championship in 1973, Christian's success in doubles earned him recognition as one of the great doubles players in badminton history. He won two gold medals at the 1980 IBF World Championships in Jakarta, in men's doubles with Ade Chandra, and in mixed doubles with Imelda Wiguna. He played for Indonesia for 15 years, beginning his career in 1971 and retiring in 1986. Christian's Thomas Cup record is particularly notable. Playing in six consecutive campaigns from 1973 to 1986, and with a variety of doubles partners, he dropped only one match, thus helping Indonesia to capture the cup on four occasions. In 2001 he was inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.
Park Joo-bong is a former badminton player from South Korea who excelled from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s.
From 1977 up to 2001, the medals were usually divided among five countries, namely China, Korea, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia. However, in 2003, the winners included seven countries and in 2005 the medal board contained a record high of ten countries.
Tony Gunawan also bears the distinction of winning a gold medal in Men's Doubles, representing two countries, 2001 partnering with Halim Haryanto for Indonesia and in 2005 partnering with Howard Bach to give the United States its first medal in the competition.
Tony Gunawan is a Chinese descended, Indonesian-born badminton player and coach who excelled internationally for Indonesia and later for the United States.
Halim Haryanto Ho is a former professional Badminton men's doubles player from Indonesia. He is a former World Champion and All England Champion along with his doubles partner Tony Gunawan. Haryanto immigrated to the United States of America in 2004 to pursue a coaching career. He now resides in San Diego, California, Apex Badminton Academy head coach at SDBCC in San Diego, California and representing the United States as a badminton player of Team USA.
Howard Bach is a Vietnamese-American male badminton player from the United States. He was the 2005 world champion in the men's doubles with Tony Gunawan.
The 2005 edition also brought new faces in the mixed doubles event which had been dominated by China and Korea since 1997. With the retirement of defending champions and two time winners Kim Dong-moon/Ra Kyung-min (Korea), Nova Widianto/Liliyana Natsir won Indonesia's first mixed doubles gold since 1980 when Christian Hadinata/Imelda Wiguna won it last for Indonesia.
Below is the list of the most successful players ever, with 3 or more gold medals.
Below is the list of the most successful player(s) in each category (listed according to their last title):
|MS||5||2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013|
|WS||3||2014, 2015, 2018|
|MD||4||2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Fu Haifeng)|
|4||2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Cai Yun)|
|4||2007 (with Markis Kido), 2013, 2015, 2019 (with Mohammad Ahsan)|
|WD||3||1983 (with Wu Dixi), 1987, 1989 (with Guan Weizhen)|
|3||1987, 1989 (with Lin Ying), 1991 (with Nong Qunhua)|
|3||2001, 2003, 2006 (with Huang Sui)|
|3||2001, 2003, 2006 (with Gao Ling)|
|3||2010 (with Du Jing), 2011, 2013 (with Wang Xiaoli)|
|XD||4||2005, 2007 (with Nova Widianto), 2013, 2017 (with Tontowi Ahmad)|
MS: Men's singles; WS: Women's singles; MD: Men's doubles; WD: Women's doubles; XD: Mixed doubles
Below is the gold medalists shown based by category and countries after the 2019 Championships. China has been the most successful in the World Championships ever since its inception in 1977. They were the only country ever to achieve a shutout of the medals which they did in 1987, 2010 and 2011.
|1||2||3||5||4||3||1||1||3||2 1||3||3||2 2||4||3||4||5||5||2 3||3||3||2||2 4||1||66|
|2||1||4||1||3||2||1||2||2 2||2||2 3||1||1||1||23|
BOLD means overall winner of that World Championships
Updated after XXV edition (2019), does not include one stripped silver medal from 2014
|Totals (20 nations)||125||124||250||499|
|Totals (11 nations)||25||24||50||99|
|Totals (14 nations)||25||25||50||100|
|Totals (10 nations)||25||25||50||100|
|Totals (10 nations)||25||25||50||100|
|Totals (13 nations)||25||25||50||100|
Yao Jie is a Chinese-born female badminton player who now resides in the Netherlands.
Tri Kusharjanto is a badminton player from Indonesia. His name also appears variously as Tri Kusharyanto, Trikus Harjanto, Trikus Heryanto, and Trikus Haryanto.
Sang Yang is a Chinese badminton player and former Olympian from Zhejiang.
Lee Hyo-jung is a badminton player from South Korea.
The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. It is held in the same venue for the IBF World Championships in the same year until International Badminton Federation decided to split the two tournaments starting from 2003. 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 first Sudirman Cup tournament took place in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia on May 24 – May 29, 1989.
Ella Aleksandrovna Diehl, is a badminton player from Russia.
Yip Pui Yin is a badminton player from Hong Kong.
The Badminton Asia Championships is a tournament organized by the Badminton Asia to crown the best badminton players in Asia.
Liliyana Natsir is a retired Indonesian badminton player who specialized in doubles. With one gold and silver from the Olympic Games, and four gold medals at the BWF World Championships, she is regarded as one of the greatest mixed doubles players of all-time. Natsir was the second Indonesian woman Olympic gold medalist, after Susi Susanti won gold in 1992. She gained huge success by partnering with two different players. Her current partner is Tontowi Ahmad since 2010, after being separated from her previous partner, Nova Widianto. She also won three titles in a row from 2012–2014 at All England Badminton Championships, one of the most prestigious and oldest tournament in the sport. Been entering the top level since 18 years old, her tactical awareness, game vision, and dominance at the front court are considered as one of the best in the tour. In 2016, she and Tontowi Ahmad became the first Indonesian mixed doubles pair to win gold medal at the Olympic Games by beating Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.
The BWF World Junior Championships is a tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to crown the best junior badminton players (under-19) in the world. The championships is held annually and consists of two separate competitions: a mixed team championships followed by an individual championships.
Endang Nursugianti is a badminton player from Indonesia.
Nadieżda Zięba, born Kostiuczyk, is a Polish badminton player of Belarusian origin.
Minarti Timur is a former Chinese-Indonesian badminton player who affiliated with PB Djarum since 1987. She is currently the Indonesia national team women's singles assistant coach.
Lee Kyung-won is a badminton player from South Korea. Lee was the women's doubles gold medallist at the 2002 Asian Games. She competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, and 2008, winning women's doubles bronze in 2004, and silver in 2008. She captured the women's doubles gold at the Asian Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Lee educated at the Sungji Girls' Middle School, Sungji Girls' High School, and graduated from the Yong In University.
Ha Jung-eun is a women's and mixed doubles badminton player from South Korea. Ha was competed at the 2006, 2010 Asian Games, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Together with the Korean national women's team, they won the Uber Cup in 2010. At the same year, she won the bronze medal at the World Championships in the mixed doubles event.
Bae Yeon-ju is a retired internationally elite badminton player from South Korea.
Ratchanok Intanon is a Thai badminton player who became the first Thai to become No.1 in women's singles. She is known for her relaxed hitting motion and light footwork which has been described as 'balletic' by commentators such as Gillian Clark. She became world champion in women's singles in 2013.
Gu Juan is a China born Singaporean badminton player.
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