Badminton World Federation

The Badminton World Federation is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations, the BWF has since expanded to 176 member nations around the world. On 24 September 2006, at the Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, it was decided to adopt the new name Badminton World Federation.
Its head office was located in Cheltenham, UK since its founding, but on 1 October 2005, was relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its current president is Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen.

Continental federations

The BWF works in co-operation with regional governing bodies to promote and develop the sport of badminton around the world, they are:


Below is the list of presidents since 1934:
11934–1955George Alan Thomas
21955–1957John Plunkett-Dillon
31957–1959Brigadier Bruce Hay
41959–1961A. C. J. van Vossen
51961–1963John McCallum
61963–1965Nils Peder Kristensen
71965–1969David Bloomer
81969–1971Humphrey Chilton
91971–1974Ferry Sonneville
101974–1976Stuart Wyatt
111976–1981Stellan Mohlin
121981–1984Craig Reedie
131984–1986Poul-Erik Nielsen
141986–1990Ian Palmer
151990–1993Arthur Jones
161993–2001Lu Shengrong
172001–2005Korn Dabbaransi
182005–2013Kang Young-Joong
192013–Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen


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.


Grade 1

The BWF regularly organises seven major international badminton events and one event for para-badminton:
Two 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.
The logo of the organisation was unveiled in June 2007 and officially launched at the 2007 Sudirman Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. It was designed by Indonesian Aboeb Luthfy as part of the three months contest launched by the federation. BWF launched new logo during 2012 Thomas & Uber Cup.