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Badminton was introduced and only played at the 1981 World Games.

Medalists

Men

Singles

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1981 Santa Clara  Chen Changjie (CHN)  Morten Frost (DEN)  Prakash Padukone (IND)
 Liem Swie King (INA)

Doubles

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1981 Santa Clara  China (CHN)
Sun Zhian
Yao Ximing
 Sweden (SWE)
Thomas Kihlström
Stefan Karlsson
 Great Britain (GBR)
Billy Gilliland
Dan Travers
 Indonesia (INA)
Hariamanto Kartono
Rudy Heryanto

Women

Singles

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1981 Santa Clara  Zhang Ailing (CHN)  Sun Ai-Hwang (KOR)  Lene Køppen (DEN)
 Fumiko Tohkairin (JPN)

Doubles

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1981 Santa Clara  China (CHN)
Zhang Ailing
Liu Xia
 Great Britain (GBR)
Nora Perry
Jane Webster
 Japan (JPN)
Fumiko Tohkairin
Otsuka
 South Korea (KOR)
Sun Ai-Hwang
Yun Ja-Kim

Mixed

Doubles

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1981 Santa Clara  Great Britain (GBR)/ Sweden (SWE)
Gillian Gilks
Thomas Kihlström
 Great Britain (GBR)
Nora Perry
Mike Tredgett
 Denmark (DEN)
Lene Køppen
Steen Skovgaard
 Indonesia (INA)
Imelda Wiguno
Christian Hadinata