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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. [1] The winners will be crowned as the "World Champions" and awarded gold medals. [2] However, it does not offer any prize money. [3]

Badminton World Federation badminton association

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 at the Summer Olympics badminton championships

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.

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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.

Location of the World Championships

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 Place in Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

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.

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Host cities of the World Championships (excluding Europe)
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Host cities of the World Championships (Europe)
YearNo.Host CityCountry
1977 I Malmö (1)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden (1)
1980 II Jakarta (1)Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (1)
1983 III Copenhagen (1)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (1)
1985 IV Calgary (1)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (1)
1987 V Beijing (1)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (1)
1989 VI Jakarta (2)Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (2)
1991 VII Copenhagen (2)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (2)
1993 VIII Birmingham (1)Flag of England.svg  England (1)
1995 IX Lausanne (1)Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland (1)
1997 X Glasgow (1)Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland (1)
1999 XI Copenhagen (3)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (3)
2001 XII Seville (1)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (1)
2003 XIII Birmingham (2)Flag of England.svg  England (2)
2005 XIV Anaheim (1)Flag of the United States.svg  United States (1)
2006 XV Madrid (1)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (2)
YearNo.Host CityCountry
2007 XVI Kuala Lumpur (1)Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (1)
2009 XVII Hyderabad (1)Flag of India.svg  India (1)
2010 XVIII Paris (1)Flag of France.svg  France (1)
2011 XIX London (1)Flag of England.svg  England (3)
2013 XX Guangzhou (1)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (2)
2014 XXI Copenhagen (4)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (4)
2015 XXII Jakarta (3)Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (3)
2017 XXIII Glasgow (2)Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland (2)
2018 XXIV Nanjing (1)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (3)
2019 XXV Basel (1)Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland (2)
2021 XXVI Huelva (1)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (3)
2022 XXVII Tokyo (1)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (1)
2023 XXVIII Copenhagen (5)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (5)
2025 XXIX Paris (2)Flag of France.svg  France (2)

Past winners

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The map shown the countries which at least achieve a bronze medal during the tournament

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. [4] Ratchanok was less than 3 months older than Jang Hye-ock was when she won the women's doubles title at the 1995 Championships. [5]

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.

Most successful players & national teams

Most successful players

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 Badminton player

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. [6]

RankPlayerMSWSMDWDXDTotal
1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Dan 55
Flag of South Korea.svg Park Joo-bong 235
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhao Yunlei 235
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Cai Yun 44
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Fu Haifeng 44
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gao Ling 314
Flag of Indonesia.svg Hendra Setiawan 44
Flag of Indonesia.svg Liliyana Natsir 44
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Nan 134
10 Flag of Spain.svg Carolina Marín 33
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ge Fei 213
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guan Weizhen 33
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Han Aiping 213
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huang Sui 33
Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Dong-moon 123
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Lingwei 213
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Ying 33
Flag of Indonesia.svg Mohammad Ahsan 33
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yu Yang 33

Below is the list of the most successful player(s) in each category (listed according to their last title):

CategoryPlayerTotalYear
MS Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Dan 52006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
WS Flag of Spain.svg Carolina Marín 32014, 2015, 2018
MD Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Cai Yun 42006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Fu Haifeng)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Fu Haifeng 42006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Cai Yun)
Flag of Indonesia.svg Hendra Setiawan 42007 (with Markis Kido), 2013, 2015, 2019 (with Mohammad Ahsan)
WD Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lin Ying 31983 (with Wu Dixi), 1987, 1989 (with Guan Weizhen)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guan Weizhen 31987, 1989 (with Lin Ying), 1991 (with Nong Qunhua)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gao Ling 32001, 2003, 2006 (with Huang Sui)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huang Sui 32001, 2003, 2006 (with Gao Ling)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yu Yang 32010 (with Du Jing), 2011, 2013 (with Wang Xiaoli)
XD Flag of Indonesia.svg Liliyana Natsir 42005, 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

Most successful national teams

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.

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 235431132 1 332 2 434552 3 3322 4 166
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 14132122 2 22 3 11123
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 310.511111110.5
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 21212 1 1110
5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 112 4 2 6
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1113
7Flag of England.svg  England 10.512.5
8Flag of India.svg  India 11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0.50.51
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 11
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11

BOLD means overall winner of that World Championships

^1 Korea won on superior of two silver medals to China's one and thus Korea became the overall winner.
^2 China won on superior of four silver medals to Indonesia's one and thus China became the overall winner.
^3 China won on superior of two silver medals to Indonesia's none and thus China became the overall winner.
^4 China won on superior of four bronze medals to Japan's two and thus China became the overall winner.

Men's singles

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia X X X X X X 6
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark X X X 3
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan X X 2

Women's singles

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain X X X 3
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark X X 2
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia X X 2
5Flag of India.svg  India X 1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan X 1
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand X 1

Men's doubles

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia X X X X X X X X X X 10
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China X X X X X X X X 8
3Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea X X X X 4
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark X X 2
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States X 1

Women's doubles

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan X X X 3
3Flag of England.svg  England X 1
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea X 1

Mixed doubles

RankNation 77 80 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 Total
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China X X X X X X X X X 9
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia X X X X X 5
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea X X X X X 5
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark X / X X 3.5
5Flag of England.svg  England / X 1.5
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden \ \ 1

Medal table

Updated after XXV edition (2019), does not include one stripped silver medal from 2014 [7]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 664675187
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 23183677
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 10.5143862.5
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 10133053
5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 661628
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3003
7Flag of England.svg  England 2.58.51324
8Flag of India.svg  India 13610
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1258
10Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1146
11Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1001
12Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 081220
13Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0246
14Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0123
15Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0112
16Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 00.511.5
17Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0044
18Flag of France.svg  France 0011
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0011
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 0011
Totals (20 nations)125124250499

Medal distribution

Men's singles

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1461333
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 671326
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 351220
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2013
5Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 0426
6Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0145
7Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0101
8Flag of India.svg  India 0022
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0011
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 0011
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 0011
Totals (11 nations)25245099

Women's singles

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 15152252
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3003
3Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 2259
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2035
5Flag of India.svg  India 1337
6Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1135
7Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1012
8Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0145
9Flag of England.svg  England 0123
10Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0112
11Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0101
12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0044
13Flag of France.svg  France 0011
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0011
Totals (14 nations)252550100

Men's doubles

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 105924
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 831021
3Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 46818
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 23611
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1001
6Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 04913
7Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0235
8Flag of England.svg  England 0224
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0022
10Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0011
Totals (10 nations)252550100

Women's doubles

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 20131548
2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 33814
3Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 131014
4Flag of England.svg  England 1135
5Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 0246
6Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 0178
7Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0112
8Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0101
9Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0011
Flag of India.svg  India 0011
Totals (10 nations)252550100

Mixed doubles

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 991533
2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 52512
3Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 52411
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 3.551018.5
5Flag of England.svg  England 1.54.5612
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1113
7Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 0123
8Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 00.511.5
9Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0022
10Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 0011
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0011
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 0011
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0011
Totals (13 nations)252550100

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