Tournaments of Badminton: Major BWF International championships

We have provided the list of World Badminton Tournaments Organized by Badminton World Federation BWF.

How Badminton Tournaments are Categorized?

Badminton, an agile sport, is involved in many prestigious tournaments that are the world Renown. All the Badminton Lovers from around the world loved to watch these tournaments. They eagerly wait for these tournaments every year. A Badminton tournament is a contest involving a relatively sizable quantity of contenders, all colluding in a very sport or game. To Win or reach finals of the Tournament the participant or players need to win the Group stages matches and semi-finals. A badminton tournament is an event where players get an opportunity to play versus teams from different associations, areas, or even nations which helps them to win several well-recognized badminton awards and improve their world Rankings. Building your competition requires excellent planning skills and a budget. Badminton World Federation BWF Organizes these Tournaments every year on a regular basis.

The World Badminton Tournaments are categorized into 3 Grades-

The BWF organizes seven major international badminton events and one event for para-badminton on a regular basis-

  • Olympic Games
  • World Championships
  • World Junior Championships
  • Para-Badminton World Championships
  • Thomas Cup
  • Uber Cup
  • Sudirman Cup
  • World Senior Championship

Events not being held on a Regular Basis-

  • World Grand Prix stopped since 2000
  • World Cup-suspended in 1997, BWF revived the event where china as host only as an invitational tournament.

The Tournaments held in this Grade comes under BWF World Tour and are sanctioned into six levels with different world ranking points:

  • 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
  • Super Series Premier
  • Super Series
  • Grand Prix Gold

The Tournaments held in this Grade comes under Continental circuit and are sanctioned into 3 levels with different world ranking points:

  • International Challenge
  • International series
  • Future Series

What are the Major Badminton Tournaments?

Badminton as an extraordinary sport has several prestigious tournaments organized by BWF on a regular yearly basis, These tournaments are world has known and all the badminton enthusiasts or aspirants eagerly wait for them to come.

We have listed some of the Major Badminton Tournaments from each Grade which are re-known to the world but had some interesting or unknown facts. Let’s see these tournaments detailed Information, History or how they came into existence.

Badminton Olympic Games-

Badminton made its debut at the 1992 Summer Olympic competition and had engaged in seven Olympiads. sixty nine completely different nations have appeared within the Olympic court game competitions, with nineteen competed seven times. The BWF Organizes tournaments on a regular basis.

The Summer athletics of 1972 held in Munich saw the first look of Badminton, as an illustration, sport.  In 1992 Twenty years later game debuted at the Barcelona Olympics, In competition, only four events were included, with singles and doubles events for each men’s and women’s. Four medals awarded in every game, together with 2 bronzes. In the Next Olympics, Atlanta 1996, had five events with the joining of mixed doubles. There was a playoff system in which competition between the two-semi final match losers will face each other to decide the winner of the bronze medal. The format continued till 2016 Olympics.

In Olympic, Badminton game consists of a knockout form tournament. The match is consist of Best of 3 games. As per Rules of badminton each Game or set, the player needs to score twenty-one points to win a Rally. Rally scoring system used. A player should win by a gap of 2 points if not then the first player reaching 30 pints will be the winner.

List of Olympic medalists nations in Badminton:

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
1 China (CHN)1881541
2 Indonesia (INA)76619
3 South Korea (KOR)67619
4 Denmark (DEN)1348
5 Japan (JPN)1113
6 Spain (ESP)1001
7 Malaysia (MAS)0628
8 Great Britain (GBR)0123
9 India (IND)0112
10 Netherlands (NED)0101
11 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (11 nations)343438106

World Badminton Championships-

Badminton World Federation (BWF) authorized the court game tournament. Formerly called as IBF World Championships later changed to BWF World Championships. The competition offers the first ranking points, alongside the Summer Olympic Games. The winners will be called and crowned as”World Champions” and awarded gold medals. But it doesn’t provide any prize money.

The World Championship badminton tournament began in 1977 and was featured once each three years till 1983. International Badminton Federation faced difficulties in hosting events as one other Organization named World Badminton Federation(later merged with IBF) hosted a similar game with similar goals. Since1985, The competition Organized once each two years till 2005. After 2006, the tournament was transformed to an annual event on the BWF calendar to offer a lot of possibilities for the players to be bettered as the official “World Champions.” However, the tournament won’t command once each four years to offer thanks to the Summer Olympic Games.

Sanctioned by the court game World Federation (BWF), the tournament is AN annual event that provides the first ranking points, at the side of Summer Olympic Games. The winner’s area unit topped because of the World Champions and awarded gold medals. However, the tournament doesn’t supply any award. The 2019 BWF World Championships, which is able to be the twenty-fifth edition, are hosted in Basel, Suisse. Only 20 countries have produced a medal in the tournament, Among 20Countries 10 is from Asia, eight from Europe, one from North America and one in Oceanica. Africa didn’t win any medal yet.

Ratchanok Inthanon became the Youngest player to win Championship at the age of 18. After 1989 the world championships always held immediately after the Sudirman Cup at the corresponding place.

Medal Tally of World Championships :

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
1 China654671182
2 Indonesia22183474
3 Denmark10.5133861.5
4 South Korea10133053
5 Japan431522
6 Spain3003
7 England2.58.51324
8 Sweden1258
9 Thailand1023
10 United States1001
11 Malaysia081220
12 India0358
13 Chinese Taipei0246
14 Hong Kong0123
15 Netherlands0112
16 Scotland00.511.5
17 Germany0044
18 France0011
19 New Zealand0011
20 Vietnam0011
Totals (20 Countries)120119240479

World Badminton Junior Championships-

The World Junior Badminton Championships is Organized by BWF to crown the most efficient Junior Badminton players under 19 around the world. BWF World Junior Championships is consist of 2 Competitions Suhandinata Cup(mixed team Championships) and Single championships(Eye Level cups). Previously from 1987 to 1991, For juniors, the Tournament was Bimantara World Junior which used to held in Indonesia. After 1992, IBF(International Badminton Federation) Name changed to BWF(Badminton World Federation) started the first World Junior Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. After 2007 BWF Organized the Championship annually instead of biennially.

Prague, Czech Republic will host the 2019 championship. China, Malaysia, and South Korea have been the most successful national teams of the championship.

 Medal Tally Junior Championships:

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
1 China (CHN)630063
2 Malaysia (MAS)130013
3 South Korea (KOR)120012
4 Indonesia (INA)7007
5 Thailand (THA)7007
6 Japan (JPN)6006
7 Denmark (DEN)3003
8 Chinese Taipei (TPE)2002
9 Hong Kong (HKG)1001
10 India (IND)1001
11 Singapore (SIN)1001
Totals (11 Nations)11600116

Para-Badminton World Championships-

BWF Organizes the Para-Badminton World Championships once in 2 a year. Previously the Championships were Organized by PBWF Para-Badminton World Federation, and later it was merged with BWF on June 2011. The Para-Badminton Players with the highest rank compete with each other in 5 categories.

Editions of Tournament:

YearEditionHost CityNation
19981Amersfoort Netherlands
20002Borken Germany
20013Cordoba Spain
20034Cardiff United Kingdom
20055Hsinchu Chinese Taipei
20076Bangkok Thailand
20097Seoul South Korea
20118Guatemala City Guatemala
20139Dortmund Germany
201510Stoke Mandeville United Kingdom
201711Ulsan South Korea
201912Basel  Switzerland

Thomas Cup-

The Thomas Cup also known as World Men’s Team Championships is a Prestigious International Tournament played among several teams from all around the World members of BWF. Thomas cup was founded by George Alan Thomas in 1949. The championship first played in the year 1948-1949 and was conducted in every three years later in 1982 it was changed to 2 years. The total of 12 teams has to compete in the final phase of the Tournament within a host nation. The Tournament played in parallel with the final stage of World Women’s Team championship Uber Cup. After 1984 the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup have always been held parallel.

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Among the 30 Thomas Cup Tournaments, from 28 nations, only five countries have won the Thomas Cup of Badminton since its establishment in 1948: Indonesia (13 titles), China (10 titles), Malaysia (5 titles), Japan (1 claim), Denmark (1 title). Based on the performance on these Tournaments BWF announces Yearly awards of Badminton to the players and other contributors. Thomas Cup for men’s and Uber for Women’s are one of the most prestigious badminton tournaments Organized regularly. The fifth country Denmark was the first European nation to win the Thomas Cup after defeating Indonesia 3–2 in 2016 final. Previously all the four winners were from Asia.

Winners and Runners up list

CountryWinnersFinalist
 Indonesia13 (1958, 1961*, 1964, 1970, 1973*, 1976, 1979*, 1984, 1994*, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002)6 (1967*, 1982, 1986*, 1992, 2010, 2016)
 China10 (1982, 1986, 1988, 1990, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012*, 2018)2 (1984, 2000)
 Malaysia**5 (1949, 1952, 1955, 1967, 1992*)9 (1958, 1970*, 1976, 1988*, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014)
 Denmark1 (2016)8 (1949, 1955, 1964, 1973, 1979, 1996, 2004, 2006)
 Japan1 (2014)1 (2018)
 South Korea2 (2008, 2012)
 United States1 (1952)
 Thailand1 (1961)

Uber Cup-

The Uber Cup, also known as World Team Women Championships, It is a Prestigious international tournament played among several women’s national badminton teams. The Championship first played in the year 1956–1957 with an interval of every three-years, later in 1984 it was started on two years basis once it got merged with Thomas Cup. A proposal was given by Badminton World Federation In 2007 to have Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals separately, but the proposal got dropped.

The Name Uber Cup came after a British Women Badminton Player Betty Uber. In 1950 Betty Uber proposed an idea of having a Women’s event that’s what made to create this Tournament. She was also the part of the debut of Uber cup in 1956-1957 that took place at Lancashire, England. The Uber Cup(Women’s team championship) is similar to the Thomas Cup(Men’s Team Championship).

Uber Cup,BWF Badminton Tournaments,Badminton Tournaments

Till date, China is the most successful nation with a winning tally of fourteen along with Japan in second with six times, followed by Indonesia 3 times and the United States 3 times. The recent Tournament of 2018 was organized in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 1956 the first Uber Cup trophy was awarded which was made of Mappin & Webb, Regent Street in London. In trophy a female player standing on the head of a shuttlecock. Its height is of 20 inches. Trophy also has a rotating globe on it.

Winners and Runners Up :

CountryWinnersFinalist
 China14 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012*, 2014, 2016*)3 (1994, 1996, 2010)
 Japan6 (1966, 1969*, 1972*, 1978, 1981*, 2018)2 (1975, 2014)
 Indonesia3 (1975*, 1994*, 1996)7 (1969, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1986*, 1998, 2008*)
 United States3 (1957, 1960*, 1963*)1 (1966)
 South Korea1 (2010)7 (1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016)
 Denmark3 (1957, 1960, 2000)
 England2 (1963, 1984)
 Netherlands1 (2006)
 Thailand1 (2018*)

Sudirman Cup-

The Sudirman Cup called after the former Indonesian Player Dick Sudirman. The Person who founded the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI). It is played once every two years in the form of world mixed team badminton championship. There will be five matches in Tournament for each round, Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The Tournament doesn’t have any prize money, but it benefits players to improve their BWF World Ranking points.

Sudirman Cup,Badminton tournaments,BWF World Tournaments

The upcoming Sudirman Cup will hold in Nanning, China. 4 Asian countries and one European nation, China, South Korea, Denmark, Indonesia, and Japan are the most thriving countries competed in the Sudirman Cup.

List of Successful nations:

CountriesWinnersRunners-upSemifinalists
 China11 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019)2 (2003, 2017)3 (1989, 1991, 1993)
 South Korea4 (1991, 1993, 2003, 2017)4 (1989, 1997, 2009, 2013)7 (1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Indonesia1 (1989)6 (1991, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2007)7 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019)
 Denmark2 (1999, 2011)9 (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2013)
 Japan2 (2015, 2019)1 (2017)
 Thailand3 (2013, 2017, 2019)
 England1 (2007)
 Malaysia1 (2009)

BWF World Tour-

BWF World Tour is an Open Contest Tournament for the World highest Ranked players in singles and Doubles. It comes under Grade 2 Tournament series. BWF Badminton World Federation authorizes it. The BWF World Tour started on March 19, 2017, and adequately implemented by 2018. It’s a replacement of BWF Super Series which controlled from 2007-2017. There are six different levels in BWF World Tour, BWF World Tour Finals, Super 1000, super 750, Super 500 and Super 300. The BWF Tour Super one hundred is also an alternative class of the tournament which offers additional ranking points.

There is some Regulations commitment for top 15 rank singles Players and top 10 doubles pairs. The top players need to play 3 Super 1000 Tournaments, five super 750 and 4 out of 7 Super 500 tournaments in a whole year. It means overall the total Tournaments a player need to play are12. If players failed to play as the regulations than a penalty of US$5000 will be imposed. The players could be released from penalty if any strong proofs or valid medical certificates provided. There is no suspension or retirement directed to these regulations.

The BWF Tour Finals will be held at the end of the BWF Tour Circuit, from the top eight player/pairs played in the BWF World Tour ,the maximum of 2 players/pairs of same member association are required to play. BWF tour finals prize amount is maximum compared to other tournaments. Prize money is USD$1,500,000.

BWF World Tour,BWF Badminton Tournaments,World Badminton Tournaments

BWF World Tour is an Open Contest Tournament for the World highest Ranked players in singles and Doubles. It comes under Grade 2 Tournament series. BWF Badminton World Federation authorizes it. The BWF World Tour started on March 19, 2017, and adequately implemented by 2018. It’s a replacement of BWF Super Series which controlled from 2007-2017. There are six different levels in BWF World Tour, BWF World Tour Finals, Super 1000, super 750, Super 500 and Super 300. The BWF Tour Super one hundred is also an alternative class of the tournament which offers additional ranking points.

There is some Regulations commitment for top 15 rank singles Players and top 10 doubles pairs. The top players need to play 3 Super 1000 Tournaments, five super 750 and 4 out of 7 Super 500 tournaments in a whole year. It means overall the total Tournaments a player need to play are12. If players failed to play as the regulations than a penalty of US$5000 will be imposed. The players could be released from penalty if any strong proofs or valid medical certificates provided. There is no suspension or retirement directed to these regulations.

The BWF Tour Finals will be held at the end of the BWF Tour Circuit, from the top eight player/pairs played in the BWF World Tour ,the maximum of 2 players/pairs of same member association are required to play. BWF tour finals prize amount is maximum compared to other tournaments. Prize money is USD$1,500,000.

  • The International Challenge is a BWF Authorized tournament comes in level four among Badminton tournaments.
  • It is being held since 2007.
  • Its prize money for this challenge is a minimum of US$ 25,000.
  • This is also authorized by BWF and comes under same level four as of International challenge and Future series.
  • It is being held since 2007
  • The prize money for this tournament is US$10,000.
  • The BWF Future series is authorized by BWF, it is a badminton tournament comes under level four.
  • The tournament is being played since 2007.
  • The BWF Future series are Important Tournaments for World Rankings

The journey of these Tournaments is very interesting and exciting. These competitions laid a stepping stone for the coming generation in the Badminton World. These major Tournaments are very well recognized all over the world. The Competitions provides necessary exposure and experience. the BWF world Tours helps players to improve there World rankings. Winning Awards in any International Tournament is always a dream of any sportsperson. These tournaments provide a platform to win for there country and make their nation proud.

 

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