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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]

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Current sports event 2019 BWF World Championships
SportBadminton
Founded1977
CountryBWF member nations
Official logo until 2006

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.

Location of the World ChampionshipsEdit

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.

Host cities of the World Championships (excluding Europe)
Host cities of the World Championships (Europe)
Year No. Host City Country
1977 I Malmö (1)   Sweden (1)
1980 II Jakarta (1)   Indonesia (1)
1983 III Copenhagen (1)   Denmark (1)
1985 IV Calgary (1)   Canada (1)
1987 V Beijing (1)   China (1)
1989 VI Jakarta (2)   Indonesia (2)
1991 VII Copenhagen (2)   Denmark (2)
1993 VIII Birmingham (1)   England (1)
1995 IX Lausanne (1)    Switzerland (1)
1997 X Glasgow (1)   Scotland (1)
1999 XI Copenhagen (3)   Denmark (3)
2001 XII Seville (1)   Spain (1)
2003 XIII Birmingham (2)   England (2)
2005 XIV Anaheim (1)   United States (1)
2006 XV Madrid (1)   Spain (2)
Year No. Host City Country
2007 XVI Kuala Lumpur (1)   Malaysia (1)
2009 XVII Hyderabad (1)   India (1)
2010 XVIII Paris (1)   France (1)
2011 XIX London (1)   England (3)
2013 XX Guangzhou (1)   China (2)
2014 XXI Copenhagen (4)   Denmark (4)
2015 XXII Jakarta (3)   Indonesia (3)
2017 XXIII Glasgow (2)   Scotland (2)
2018 XXIV Nanjing (1)   China (3)
2019 XXV Basel (1)    Switzerland (2)
2021 XXVI Huelva (1)   Spain (3)
2022 XXVII Tokyo (1)   Japan (1)
2023 XXVIII Copenhagen (5)   Denmark (5)
2025 XXIX Paris (2)   France (2)

Past winnersEdit

 
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]

Most successful players & national teamsEdit

Most successful playersEdit

Several players have won gold medals in more than one category in a World Championship; this includes:

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.

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]

Rank Player MS WS MD WD XD Total
1   Lin Dan 5 5
  Park Joo-bong 2 3 5
  Zhao Yunlei 2 3 5
4   Cai Yun 4 4
  Fu Haifeng 4 4
  Gao Ling 3 1 4
  Hendra Setiawan 4 4
  Liliyana Natsir 4 4
  Zhang Nan 1 3 4
10   Carolina Marín 3 3
  Ge Fei 2 1 3
  Guan Weizhen 3 3
  Han Aiping 2 1 3
  Huang Sui 3 3
  Kim Dong-moon 1 2 3
  Li Lingwei 2 1 3
  Lin Ying 3 3
  Mohammad Ahsan 3 3
  Yu Yang 3 3

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

Category Player Total Year
MS   Lin Dan 5 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
WS   Carolina Marín 3 2014, 2015, 2018
MD   Cai Yun 4 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Fu Haifeng)
  Fu Haifeng 4 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Cai Yun)
  Hendra Setiawan 4 2007 (with Markis Kido), 2013, 2015, 2019 (with Mohammad Ahsan)
WD   Lin Ying 3 1983 (with Wu Dixi), 1987, 1989 (with Guan Weizhen)
  Guan Weizhen 3 1987, 1989 (with Lin Ying), 1991 (with Nong Qunhua)
  Gao Ling 3 2001, 2003, 2006 (with Huang Sui)
  Huang Sui 3 2001, 2003, 2006 (with Gao Ling)
  Yu Yang 3 2010 (with Du Jing), 2011, 2013 (with Wang Xiaoli)
XD   Liliyana Natsir 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

Most successful national teamsEdit

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.

Rank Nation 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
1   China 2 3 5 4 3 1 1 3 21 3 3 22 4 3 4 5 5 23 3 3 2 24 1 66
2   Indonesia 1 4 1 3 2 1 2 22 2 23 1 1 1 23
3   Denmark 3 1 0.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5
4   South Korea 2 1 2 1 21 1 1 10
5   Japan 1 1 24 2 6
6   Spain 1 1 1 3
7   England 1 0.5 1 2.5
8   India 1 1
  Sweden 0.5 0.5 1
  Thailand 1 1
  United States 1 1

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 singlesEdit

Rank Nation 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
1   China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 14
2   Indonesia X X X X X X 6
3   Denmark X X X 3
4   Japan X X 2

Women's singlesEdit

Rank Nation 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
1   China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
2   Spain X X X 3
3   Denmark X X 2
  Indonesia X X 2
5   India X 1
  Japan X 1
  Thailand X 1

Men's doublesEdit

Rank Nation 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
1   Indonesia X X X X X X X X X X 10
2   China X X X X X X X X 8
3   South Korea X X X X 4
4   Denmark X X 2
5   United States X 1

Women's doublesEdit

Rank Nation 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
1   China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 20
2   Japan X X X 3
3   England X 1
  South Korea X 1

Mixed doublesEdit

Rank Nation 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
1   China X X X X X X X X X 9
2   Indonesia X X X X X 5
  South Korea X X X X X 5
4   Denmark X / X X 3.5
5   England / X 1.5
  Sweden \ \ 1

Medal tableEdit

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

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China664675187
2  Indonesia23183677
3  Denmark10.5143862.5
4  South Korea10133053
5  Japan661628
6  Spain3003
7  England2.58.51324
8  India13610
9  Sweden1258
10  Thailand1146
11  United States1001
12  Malaysia081220
13  Chinese Taipei0246
14  Hong Kong0123
15  Netherlands0112
16  Scotland00.511.5
17  Germany0044
18  France0011
  New Zealand0011
  Vietnam0011
Totals (20 nations)125124250499

Medal distributionEdit

Men's singlesEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China1461333
2  Indonesia671326
3  Denmark351220
4  Japan2013
5  Malaysia0426
6  South Korea0145
7  Chinese Taipei0101
8  India0022
9  Sweden0011
  Thailand0011
  Vietnam0011
Totals (11 nations)25245099
  • Note that due to a disqualification on suspicion of violation of anti-doping regulations, the 2014 silver medalist, Lee Chong Wei was stripped of his medal and thus the medal count doesn't add up.[7]

Women's singlesEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China15152252
2  Spain3003
3  Indonesia2259
4  Denmark2035
5  India1337
6  Japan1135
7  Thailand1012
8  South Korea0145
9  England0123
10  Chinese Taipei0112
11  Hong Kong0101
12  Germany0044
13  France0011
  Netherlands0011
Totals (14 nations)252550100

Men's doublesEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Indonesia105924
2  China831021
3  South Korea46818
4  Denmark23611
5  United States1001
6  Malaysia04913
7  Japan0235
8  England0224
9  Sweden0022
10  Chinese Taipei0011
Totals (10 nations)252550100

Women's doublesEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China20131548
2  Japan33814
3  South Korea131014
4  England1135
5  Indonesia0246
6  Denmark0178
7  Sweden0112
8  Netherlands0101
9  Chinese Taipei0011
  India0011
Totals (10 nations)252550100

Mixed doublesEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China991533
2  Indonesia52512
3  South Korea52411
4  Denmark3.551018.5
5  England1.54.5612
6  Sweden1113
7  Thailand0123
8  Scotland00.511.5
9  Hong Kong0022
10  Chinese Taipei0011
  Japan0011
  Malaysia0011
  New Zealand0011
Totals (13 nations)252550100

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Ranking System". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Regulations for World Championships". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Chin Chai hopes BWF will offer prize money for world meet". The Star. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. ^ "World champion Ratchanok Inthanon also a 'devoted' kid". The Indian Express. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. ^ Hearn, Don (11 August 2013). "WORLDS Finals – Ratchanok youngest ever singles World Champion". Badzine. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ Die Individualweltmeisterschaften im Überblick Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine, Badminton.de
  7. ^ a b "Lee Chong Wei: Badminton star given eight-month ban for doping". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.

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