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Badminton World Federation

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 (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales), 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).[1]

Badminton World Federation (BWF)
2012 BWF logo.svg
BWF Logo
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
194 member associations
Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen

Its head office was located in Cheltenham, UK since its founding, but on 1 October 2005, was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2] Its current president is Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen.[3]

Continental federationsEdit

Map of the World with five Confederations

The BWF works in co-operation with regional governing bodies to promote and develop the sport of badminton around the world, they are:[4]

Region Confederation Members
   Asia Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) 43
   Europe Badminton Europe (BE) 53
   Americas Badminton Pan Am (BPA) 37
   Africa Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) 42
   Oceania Badminton Oceania (BO) 16
Total 191


Below is the list of presidents since 1934:[5]

No. Years Name
1 1934–1955 George Alan Thomas
2 1955–1957 John Plunkett-Dillon
3 1957–1959 Brigadier Bruce Hay
4 1959–1961 A. C. J. van Vossen
5 1961–1963 John McCallum
6 1963–1965 Nils Peder Kristensen
7 1965–1969 David Bloomer
8 1969–1971 Humphrey Chilton
9 1971–1974 Ferry Sonneville
10 1974–1976 Stuart Wyatt
11 1976–1981 Stellan Mohlin
12 1981–1984 Craig Reedie
13 1984–1986 Poul-Erik Nielsen
14 1986–1990 Ian Palmer
15 1990–1993 Arthur Jones
16 1993–2001 Lu Shengrong
17 2001–2005 Korn Dabbaransi
18 2005–2013 Kang Young-Joong
19 2013– Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen


The BWF World Ranking and BWF World Junior Ranking are introduced to determine the strength of the players. BWF World Ranking is used for determining the qualification for entry and seeding for the BWF-sanctioned tournament. The points awarded is based on the final results of each tournament participated for the past 52 weeks. Junior Ranking consists of players under 19 years old.


Grade 1Edit

The BWF regularly organises seven major international badminton events and one event for para-badminton:

Two events are no longer held regularly:

  • World Cup was suspended since 1997. However, the BWF revived the event in 2005 (with China as host) but only as an invitational tournament. China swept gold in all 5 categories.
  • World Grand Prix has been on hiatus since 2000.

Grade 2Edit

Grade 2 tournaments, known as BWF World Tour was sanctioned into six levels with different world ranking points awarded, as order they are:

  • Level 1: BWF World Tour Finals
  • Level 2: BWF World Tour Super 1000
  • Level 3: BWF World Tour Super 750
  • Level 4: BWF World Tour Super 500
  • Level 5: BWF World Tour Super 300
  • Level 6: BWF Tour Super 100

The events that were formerly held from 2007 to 2017 are:

Grade 3Edit

Grade 3 tournaments, known as Continental Circuit was sanctioned into three levels with different world ranking points awarded, as order they are:


The BWF bestows special honours onto players, umpires, sponsors and other individuals for their achievement in badminton or for their contributions to badminton.[7]

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Hall of Fame
  • Herbert Scheele Trophy
  • Distinguished Service
  • Meritorius Service
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Eddy Choong Player of the Year (hiatus since 2008)
  • Best Male and Female Player of the Year
  • Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year
  • Women in Badminton


The logo of the organisation was unveiled in June 2007 and officially launched at the 2007 Sudirman Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. It was designed by Indonesian Aboeb Luthfy as part of the three months contest launched by the federation.[8] BWF launched new logo during 2012 Thomas & Uber Cup.[9]


  • World Badminton (Journal)
  • The IBF Handbook

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Madrid Welcomes Badminton World Federation". 29 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ "BWF Council / Executive Board". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ Leung, Edwin (18 May 2013). "Poul-Erik Hoyer Wins BWF Presidential Election". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  4. ^ "BWF Members by Continental Confederation". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ "IBF/BWF Office Baerers (since 1934)". BWF. Retrieved 11 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "World Senior Championships". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Awards". BWF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  8. ^ Lacroix, Yves (15 June 2007). "EXCLUSIVE – BWF Unveils New Logo Today". Badzine. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  9. ^ "BWF rebrand and launch new logo: Modern, Strong, Efficient". Badminton World Federation. 26 May 2012. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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