|Headquarters||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|194 member associations|
|Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen|
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine member nations (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales). In 1981 the IBF merged with the World Badminton Federation, and on 24 September 2006, at the Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, the name of the organization was changed to Badminton World Federation (BWF).
When the BWF was founded (as the IBF), its head office was located in Cheltenham, UK. The head office was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 1, 2005. Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen is the current president. The BWF currently has 176 member nations around the world, organized into 5 continental confederations.
The BWF works in co-operation with regional governing bodies to promote and develop the sport of badminton around the world, they are:
|Asia||Badminton Asia (BA)||43|
|Europe||Badminton Europe (BE)||54|
|Americas||Badminton Pan America (BPA)||37|
|Africa||Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA)||44|
|Oceania||Badminton Oceania (BO)||16|
Below is the list of presidents since 1934:
|1||1934–1955||George Alan Thomas||United Kingdom|
|3||1957–1959||Brigadier Bruce Hay||United Kingdom|
|4||1959–1961||A. C. J. van Vossen||Netherlands|
|6||1963–1965||Nils Peder Kristensen||Denmark|
|7||1965–1969||David Bloomer||United Kingdom|
|8||1969–1971||Humphrey Chilton||United Kingdom|
|10||1974–1976||Stuart Wyatt||United Kingdom|
|12||1981–1984||Craig Reedie||United Kingdom|
|14||1986–1990||Ian Palmer||New Zealand|
|15||1990–1993||Arthur Jones||United Kingdom|
|18||2005–2013||Kang Young-Joong||South Korea|
|19||2013–||Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen||Denmark|
Main article: BWF World Ranking
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.
The BWF regularly organises seven major international badminton events and two events for para-badminton:
Other major tournaments:
Para major tournaments:
events are no longer held regularly:
Grade 2 tournaments, known as BWF World Tour was sanctioned into six levels with different world ranking points awarded, as order they are:
The events that were formerly held from 2007 to 2017 are:
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.
Over the years, the organization has had several logos. Originally it used the IBF logo. As the BWF, a new logo was adopted in 2007. In 2012 it adopted a new, streamlined logo.