|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. On 1 October 2005 the head office was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its current president is Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen. 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 Am (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|
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 one event for para-badminton:
- Olympic Games in co-operation with International Olympic Committee
- World Championships
- World Junior Championships
- Para-Badminton World Championships
- Thomas Cup
- Uber Cup
- Sudirman Cup
- BWF World Senior Championships
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 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 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.
- 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
- World Badminton (Journal)
- The IBF Handbook
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