BWF World Championships
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Current sports event 2022 BWF World Championships
SportBadminton
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977)
CountryBWF member nations
Official logo until 2006
Official logo until 2006

The BWF World Championships, formerly known as IBF World Championships, and also known as the World Badminton Championships, is a badminton tournament sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The tournament is one of the most prestigious in badminton, offering the most ranking points, together with the Summer Olympics badminton tournaments which was first introduced in 1992.[1][2] The winners of this tournament are also crowned as "World Champions" of the sport, and are awarded a gold medal.[3]

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.

Since 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. The tournament is not held during the Summer Olympics years to avoid schedule conflicts.

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 Huelva. 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.

BWF World Championships is located in Asia
Host cities of the World Championships (Asia)
BWF World Championships is located in North America
Host cities of the World Championships (North America)
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)
2026 XXX India (2)

Past winners

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

Main article: Gold medalists at the BWF World Championships

See also: List of BWF World Championships medalists

As of 2022, only 21 countries have achieved at least a bronze medal in the tournament: 11 from Asia, eight from Europe, and one each from Oceania and North America. 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 teams

Most successful players

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 to 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.

Rank Player MS WS MD WD XD Total
1 China Lin Dan 5 5
China Zhao Yunlei 2 3 5
South Korea Park Joo-bong 2 3 5
4 China Cai Yun 4 4
China Fu Haifeng 4 4
China Gao Ling 3 1 4
China Zhang Nan 1 3 4
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir 4 4
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan 4 4
10 China Chen Qingchen 3 3
China Ge Fei 2 1 3
China Guan Weizhen 3 3
China Han Aiping 2 1 3
China Huang Sui 3 3
China Huang Yaqiong 3 3
China Jia Yifan 3 3
China Li Lingwei 2 1 3
China Lin Ying 3 3
China Yu Yang 3 3
China Zheng Siwei 3 3
Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan 3 3
South Korea Kim Dong-moon 1 2 3
Spain Carolina Marín 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 China Lin Dan 5 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
WS Spain Carolina Marín 3 2014, 2015, 2018
MD China Cai Yun 4 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Fu Haifeng)
China Fu Haifeng 4 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (with Cai Yun)
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan 4 2007 (with Markis Kido), 2013, 2015, 2019 (with Mohammad Ahsan)
WD China Lin Ying 3 1983 (with Wu Dixi), 1987, 1989 (with Guan Weizhen)
China Guan Weizhen 3 1987, 1989 (with Lin Ying), 1991 (with Nong Qunhua)
China Gao Ling 3 2001, 2003, 2006 (with Huang Sui)
China Huang Sui 3 2001, 2003, 2006 (with Gao Ling)
China Yu Yang 3 2010 (with Du Jing), 2011, 2013 (with Wang Xiaoli)
China Chen Qingchen 3 2017, 2021, 2022 (with Jia Yifan)
China Jia Yifan 3 2017, 2021, 2022 (with Chen Qingchen)
XD Indonesia 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 teams

Below is the gold medalists shown based by category and countries after the 2021 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.

BOLD means overall winner of that World Championships

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 21 22 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 1 2 69
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 1 11.5
4  South Korea 2 1 2 1 21 1 1 10
5  Japan 1 1 24 2 2 1 9
6  Spain 1 1 1 3
7  England 1 0.5 1 2.5
8  Thailand 1 1 2
9  India 1 1
 Malaysia 1 1
 Singapore 1 1
 Sweden 0.5 0.5 1
 United States 1 1
^1 Korea won on the 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 the 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.

Championship per countries

Men's singles

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 21 22 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 X 4
4  Japan X X 2
5  Singapore X 1

Women's singles

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 21 22 Total
1  China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 15
2  Japan X X X 3
 Spain X X X 3
4  Denmark X X 2
 Indonesia X X 2
6  India X 1
 Thailand X 1

Men's doubles

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 21 22 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  Japan X 1
 Malaysia X 1
 United States X 1

Women's doubles

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 21 22 Total
1  China X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 22
2  Japan X X X 3
3  England X 1
 South Korea X 1

Mixed doubles

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 21 22 Total
1  China X X X X X X X X X X 10
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
6  Sweden \ \ 1
 Thailand X 1

Medal table

As of the 2022 edition, does not include one stripped silver medal from 2014[6]
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China694879196
2 Indonesia23193779
3 Denmark11.5144065.5
4 South Korea10153257
5 Japan981936
6 Spain3003
7 England2.58.51324
8 Thailand2259
9 Malaysia181322
10 India14813
11 Sweden1258
12 Singapore1001
 United States1001
14 Chinese Taipei0369
15 Hong Kong0134
16 Netherlands0112
17 Scotland00.511.5
18 Germany0055
19 France0011
 New Zealand0011
 Vietnam0011
Totals (21 entries)135134270539

Medal distribution

Men's singles

As of the 2022 edition

Due to the 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 does not add up.[6]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China1461434
2 Indonesia671326
3 Denmark451322
4 Japan2013
5 Singapore1001
6 Malaysia0426
7 South Korea0145
8 India0134
9 Chinese Taipei0112
 Thailand0112
11 Sweden0011
 Vietnam0011
Totals (12 entries)272654107

Women's singles

As of the 2022 edition
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China15162455
2 Japan3137
3 Spain3003
4 Indonesia2259
5 Denmark2035
6 India1337
7 Thailand1012
8 Chinese Taipei0224
9 South Korea0156
10 England0123
11 Hong Kong0101
12 Germany0044
13 France0011
 Netherlands0011
Totals (14 entries)272754108

Men's doubles

As of the 2022 edition
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Indonesia1061026
2 China841022
3 South Korea46818
4 Denmark23712
5 Malaysia141015
6 Japan1236
7 United States1001
8 England0224
9 Sweden0022
10 Chinese Taipei0011
 India0011
Totals (11 entries)272754108

Women's doubles

As of the 2022 edition
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China22131550
2 Japan331016
3 South Korea151117
4 England1135
5 Indonesia0246
6 Denmark0178
7 Sweden0112
8 Netherlands0101
9 Chinese Taipei0011
 India0011
 Thailand0011
Totals (11 entries)272754108

Mixed doubles

As of the 2022 edition
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China1091635
2 Indonesia52512
3 South Korea52411
4 Denmark3.551018.5
5 England1.54.5612
6 Thailand1124
7 Sweden1113
8 Japan0224
9 Scotland00.511.5
10 Hong Kong0033
11 Chinese Taipei0011
 Germany0011
 Malaysia0011
 New Zealand0011
Totals (14 entries)272754108

See also

References

  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. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. 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. ^ a b "Lee Chong Wei: Badminton star given eight-month ban for doping". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.