2009 BWF World Championships

The 2009 BWF World Championships was the 17th tournament of the World Badminton Championships, a global tournament in the sport of badminton. It was held at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, from 10–16 August 2009.[1] It was the first ever World Championships event to take place in India.[2]

2009 BWF World Championships
Tournament details
Dates10 – 16 August
VenueGachibowli Indoor Stadium
LocationHyderabad, India
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Badminton England withdrew before the first round due to a perceived threat of terror against the team. They were later joined by two Austrian doubles players. Lin Dan won the men's singles event, thus becoming the only player in badminton history to have won three men's singles world championship titles having done so consecutively in 2006, 2007, and 2009.[3] Lu Lan won the World Championship title in the women's singles event. Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China won the World Championship title in the men's doubles event in a match which was later dubbed a "classic". Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting won the World Championship title in the women's doubles event, whilst Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark won the World Championship title in the mixed doubles event.

Host city selectionEdit

Denmark, India, and Macau submitted bids to host the championships. India won the right to host the championships after the remaining candidates withdrew their bids.[4]


The 2009 BWF World Championships were held at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Gachibowli, Hyderabad.


The draw took place on 22 July 2009, featuring Chief Guest and Indian Sports Minister, Dr. M.S. Gill.[2]

Participating nationsEdit


Due to security worries Austrian doubles pair Peter Zauner and Jürgen Koch decided against participation in the 2009 BWF World Championships.[5] The BWF issued a special statement calling the withdrawals "an individual decision on the part of the players". COO BWF Thomas Lund said: "I believe it is a matter of concern that teams haven’t been consulting us before pulling out, because all the necessary information is available with us which will allay fears".[5] Lund declined to blame the Indian media for their part in the withdrawals: "I can’t say India as hosts have any reason to be blamed for a false newspaper report with threat perceptions which triggered these reactions."[5]


Denmark, who had not achieved a BWF World Championship singles win since 1999, and a men's title since 1997, took part.[6] The country last won the men's doubles title in 2003.[6]


The English badminton team decided against participation in the 2009 BWF World Championships, citing fears of a "terrorist threat", although, according to Hyderabad's police commission "there's no real threat, only a perception".[7] Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy called it "an incredibly tough decision and one we didn't take lightly".[7] Christy said: "We were not prepared to risk the safety of our players, coaches and staff in what we felt could have been a very volatile environment".[7]


Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (India)

1  China (CHN)43310
2  Denmark (DEN)1012
3  Indonesia (IDN)0123
4  South Korea (KOR)0112
5  Malaysia (MAS)0022
6  France (FRA)0011
Totals (6 nations)551020


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles   Lin Dan   Chen Jin   Taufik Hidayat
  Sony Dwi Kuncoro
Women's singles   Lu Lan   Xie Xingfang   Wang Lin
  Pi Hongyan
Men's doubles   Fu Haifeng
  Cai Yun
  Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
  Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
  Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari
  Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
Women's doubles   Zhang Yawen
  Zhao Tingting
  Cheng Shu
  Zhao Yunlei
  Du Jing
  Yu Yang
  Ma Jin
  Wang Xiaoli
Mixed doubles   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
  Nova Widianto
  Lilyana Natsir
  Lee Yong-dae
  Lee Hyo-jung
  Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 2009 World Championships Invitation [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "YONEX-Sunrise present draw ceremony for BWF World Championships 2009". The Financial Express. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  3. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iBp5mncI42R4crQcytni_kCHMmxA[dead link]
  4. ^ Balasubramanian, Jaishree (9 December 2005). "India to host 2009 Badminton Worlds". dnaindia.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Austrian pullouts individual decision". The Indian Express. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Good start for badminton stars". The Copenhagen Post. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  7. ^ a b c "England pulls out of worlds citing terrorist alert". The Seattle Times. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.

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