History

  • 500 BC

    "Kick-Shuttle" played in China and other parts of the Far East.

  • 1000 - 1500

    The game of "battledore and shuttlecock" is played in China, Greece and parts of the Far East.

  • 1500

    The game of "battledore and shuttlecock" is played in Europe.

  • 1830

    "Battledore and shuttlecock" was tried at Badminton House, Gloucestershire, England.

  • 1856-1859

    Badminton House game is converted into badminton with a "net", and it is said that John Loraine Baldwin formalised some rules for the game.

  • 1860

    Toy dealer in London, Isaac Spratt, offers the game of "Badminton-Battledore" for sale.

  • 1867

    The game of "poona" is played in India and British Army Officers who are said to have brought the game back to England.

  • 1877

    Poona leads to a badminton code of conduct drawn up in India.

  • 1879-1882

    Soldiers returning from India help the cause of the formation of clubs in England.

  • 1882

    Badminton club formed in South Africa.

  • 1887

    Badminton played in India.

  • 1890

    Badminton reaches Canada.

  • 1893

    The Badminton Association (England) was formed to administer the game internationally from England.

  • 1895

    Badminton reaches Germany.

  • 1897

    First badminton club formed in India.

  • 1898

    First open tournament held in Guilford, England.

  • 1900

    Badminton reaches New Zealand.

  • 1901

    Hour glass court abolished.

  • 1908

    An English touring group's visit to Dieppe, France in 1908.

  • 1919

    Badminton reaches Malaya via British trading posts.

  • 1920's

    Badminton reaches Indonesia via Singaporean merchants.

  • 1925

    Badminton starts in Denmark.

  • 1929

    Badminton reaches Japan.

  • 1925-1931

    Frank Devlin (IRE) is the second most successful player ever at the All England Open Championships.

  • 1931

    Netherlands Badminton Bond founded.

  • 1932

    Ralph Nichols (ENG) is one of the most successful All England Open champions.

  • 1934

    International Badminton Federation (IBF) formed on 5 July with nine nations being the founding members.

  • 1934

    Malayan, Indian, Hong Kong Badminton Associations founded.

  • 1935

    Badminton reaches China.

  • 1936

    4 Madeira Avenue, Bromley, Herbert Scheele's home and IBF's first office from 1936 onwards.

  • 1936

    Frank Devlin (IRE), second most successful player at the All England, tours the Far East.

  • 1936

    American and Swedish Badminton Associations founded.

  • 1938

    The first international competition between Australia versus New Zealand for the Whyte Trophy.

  • 1938

    Herbert Scheele becomes IBF Honorary Secretary and held this post for 38 years.

  • 1940

    Sir George Thomas formally presents the trophy following the 7th IBF AGM of the Council for an international men's team competition.

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  • 1946

    Japan's Badminton Association formed.

  • 1947

    Marie Ussing (DEN), All England women's singles champion - 1947, 1953.

  • 1948

    Kirsten Thorndahl (DEN), All England women's singles champion 1948.

  • 1949

    Malaya wins the first Thomas Cup competition.

  • 1949

    David Freeman of USA is All England men's singles champion

  • 1950

    Wong Peng Soon (MAL), All England men's singles champion - 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1955.

  • 1951

    Badminton Association of Indonesia formed

  • 1950

    Tonny Ahm (DEN), winner of eleven All England titles between 1947 and 1952 - two women's singles, five women's doubles and four mixed doubles.

  • 1952

    Iris Cooley (Eng), three times All England women's doubles champion in the 1950s.

  • 1952

    Plastic shuttles are permitted.

  • 1954

    Judy Devlin-Hashman (USA) and Sue Devlin-Peard (USA), multiple winners of All England titles.

  • 1955

    Finn Kobbero (DEN) and Kirsten Thorndahl (DEN), All England mixed doubles champions four times: 1955, 1957, 1960 & 1961.

  • 1955

    Margaret Varner (USA), All England women's singles champion 1955-56, women's doubles champion 1958.

  • 1956

    The Uber Cup for the women's world team championships begins.

  • 1958

    The Asian Badminton Confederation becomes the first continental confederation.

  • 1960

    Erland Kops (DEN), star of the 1960s.

  • 1962

    The 4th Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia - 24 August to 4 September) includes badminton for the first time.

  • 1966

    Badminton is included in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Kingston, Jamaica from 4 -13 August) for the first time.

  • 1966

    Finn Kobbero (DEN) - All England men's doubles champion seven times (1955, 1956 & 1960 - 1964 inclusive), and mixed doubles champion eight times - 1955, 1957 & 1960 - 1963 inclusive, 1965 & 1966.

  • 1967

    European Badminton Union established.

  • 1968

    Rudy Hartono (INA) - men's singles All England Champion eight times from 1968-1974 inclusive and 1976; and world champion 1980.

  • 1972

    Christian Hadinata (INA) and Ade Chandra (INA), world men's doubles champions 1980; world silver medalists 1977; All England champions 1972-73.

  • 1972

    Noriko Takagi-Nakayama (JPN), All England women's singles champion 1972; women's doubles champion 1971; unbeaten in Uber Cup singles 1965-75.

  • 1972

    Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games.

  • 1973

    China's uniformed national touring team in 1973.

  • 1974

    Margaret Beck (ENG), World Invitation champion 1974; All England champion 1973.

  • 1974

    China applies for IBF membership with the proviso that Taiwan is expelled.

  • 1974

    Gillian Gilks (ENG), the last person to win three All England titles in the same year (1976). All England women's singles champion 1976 & 1978; women's doubles champion 1974, 1976 & 1980; mixed doubles champion 1969, 1973, 1976-77, 1982 & 1984.

  • 1974

    Hiroe Yuki (JPN), All England WS champion 1969, 1974-75 & 1977, WD champion 1971.

  • 1975

    Svend Pri (DEN), All England MS champion 1975; XD champion three times with Ulla Strand 1967, 1971 & 1972.

  • 1976

    Herbert Scheele retires and Ronnie Rowan becomes IBF's first professional General Secretary.

  • 1977

    Split in IBF leads to formation of World Badminton Federation.

  • 1977

    First World Championships held in Malmö, Sweden.

  • 1977-1980

    Use of metal rackets spreads.

  • 1978

    Badminton becomes a sport recognised by International Olympic Committee.

  • 1978

    Liem Swie King (INA) wins first of his three All England titles - 1978, 1979 & 1981.

  • 1979

    First tournament with prize money was the Friends Provident Masters hosted in September 1979 at the Royal Albert Hall in London with a prize pool of £20,000 - first prize for singles was £3,000.

  • 1980

    Agreement reached with Badminton Associations of China and Taiwan, the IBF and WBF (World Badminton Federation) joining to re-unify world badminton.

  • 1980

    IBF rents offices in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.

  • 1980

    Verawaty Fajirin (INA), world champion in women's singles 1980.

  • 1980

    Prakash Padukone (IND), All England champion 1980.

  • 1981

    Nora Perry and Jane Webster (ENG), world women's doubles champions 1980, silver medallists 1983, All England champions 1981.

  • 1981

    Reconciliation between IBF and WBF (World Badminton Federation) in Tokyo; the sport is united again.

  • 1981

    China win four of five titles at the inaugural World Games.

  • 1981

    China win Thomas Cup in their first appearance in the competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

  • 1982

    Zhang Ailing (CHN), All England women's singles champion 1982 & 1983; member of Uber Cup winning team 1984.

  • 1982

    Morten Frost Hansen (DEN), All England men's singles champion 1982, 1984, 1986 & 1987, World Silver medallist 1985 & 1987.

  • 1980s

    Chinese flag becomes prominent on the winners' podium from the 1980s onwards.

  • 1982-90

    Use of synthetic rackets spreads.

  • 1983

    Synthetic shuttles permitted.

  • 1983

    China begins to dominate the sport.

  • 1983

    First IBF World Grand Prix

  • 1983

    Lin Ying (CHN), World women's doubles champion 1983 with Wu Dixi (CHN) and with Guan Weizhen (CHN) 1987 and 1989.

  • 1984

    China wins Uber Cup for the first time.

  • 1984

    Thomas and Uber Cup competitions held simultaneously for the first time and the format is reduced from best-of-nine to best-of-five matches.

  • 1985

    Park Joo Bong and Kim Moon Soo (KOR), Olympic men's doubles champions 1992; world men's doubles champions 1985 & 1991.

  • 1985

    The IOC Session in East Berlin decides to include badminton into the Olympic Games programme and the Olympic flag is presented to the IBF.

  • 1985

    Craig Reedie did more than anyone else to get badminton voted into the Olympic programme in 1985.

  • 1986

    Hwang Hye-Young and Chung Myung-Hee (KOR), All England women's doubles champions 1986, 1987 & 1990.

  • 1987

    China becomes first country ever to win all five world titles in Beijing in 1987.

  • 1987

    Wang Pengren and Shi Fangying (CHN), world XD champions as China win all five in 1987

  • 1987

    The Oceania Badminton Federation formed in Beijing

  • 1987

    Yang Yang (CHN), world men's singles champion 1987 & 1989; All England champion 1989.

  • 1987

    Han Aiping (CHN), world women's singles champion 1985, 1987; world women's doubles champion 1985.

  • 1988

    Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

  • 1989

    World Team Badminton Championships for the Sudirman Cup is held in Jakarta alongside the individual World Championships. The trophy is named in honour of Dick Sudirman, founder of PBSI (Badminton Indonesia).

  • 1989

    Susi Susanti (INA) helps her nation win the Sudirman Cup - emerges as a star in Jakarta.

  • 1989

    IBF purchases offices in Cheltenham.

  • 1989

    Li Lingwei (CHN), world women's singles champion 1983 & 1989, world women's doubles champion 1985, with more than 50 grand prix titles and leads her country to three victories in the Uber Cup.

  • 1989

    Guan Weizhen and Lin Ying (CHN), both three times women's doubles champions with different partners.

  • 1999

    Camilla Martin (DEN), world women's singles champion 1999, Olympic silver medallist - Sydney 2000.

  • 1999

    Kim Dong Moon and Ha Tae Kwon (KOR), Olympic men's doubles champions 2004, world champions 1999.

  • 1999

    Peter Gade (DEN), world No.1 in 1999, All England men's singles champion in 1999, world silver medallist 2001, world bronze medalist 1999, 2005.

  • 1998

    Gong Zhichao (CHN) starred in her nation's recapture of the Uber Cup from Indonesia in 1998, became Olympic champion in 2000 and All England champion in 2000 and 2001.

  • 1998

    Sun Jun (CHN), All England champion 1998 & world champion 1999.

  • 1997

    Sigit Budiarto and Candra Wijaya (INA), world men's doubles champions 1997.

  • 1996

    Ge Fei and Gu Jun (CHN), Olympic women's doubles champions 1996, 2000, 2004, world champions 2001.

  • 1996

    Bang Soo-Hyun (KOR), women's singles Olympic silver medalist - Barcelona 1992, Olympic champion, Atlanta 1996.

  • 1995

    Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja (INA), world champions 1995 & Olympic men's doubles champions 1996.

  • 1995

    Ye Zhaoying (CHN), world women's singles champion 1995, 1997 and Olympic Games bronze medalist - Sydney 2000.

  • 1995

    Poul-Erik Høyer, Olympic gold medalist in men's singles at Atlanta 1996 and All England champion 1995 & 1996.

  • 1994

    Chung So-Young and Gil Young-Ah (KOR), All England women's doubles champions 1993 & 1994.

  • 1993-2001

    Lu Shengrong becomes the first female President of IBF and also first one from China.

  • 1993

    Heryanto Arbi (INA), world men's singles champion 1995, world bronze 1997, All England champion 1993 & 1994.

  • 1992

    World Junior Championships is hosted for the first time in Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • 1993

    David Shaw, IBF's first Executive Director, takes over and builds a large professional secretariat.

  • 1992

    Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi (CHN), world men's doubles champions 1987 & 1989, Olympic bronze medallists in 1992.

  • 1992

    Susi Susanti (INA) helps her nation win the Sudirman Cup - emerges as a star in Jakarta.

  • 1992

    Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games - badminton's debut at the Olympic Games creates new stars and greatly enhances global television coverage. Indonesia wins its first ever Olympic medals (two gold, two silver, one bronze in badminton).

  • 1991

    Zhao Jianhua (INA), All England champion 1985, 1990 world MS champion 1991.

  • 1991

    Tang Jiuhong (CHN), world champion 1991, All England champion 1992.

  • 1991

    Computerised world rankings begin.

  • 2009

    BWF celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a special logo and a range of activities in 2009.

  • 2008

    Beijing 2008 Olympics Games from 8 - 24 August sees a record 50 NOCs represented in badminton, and Zhang Ning winning back-to-back gold medals in women's singles (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).

  • 2008

    Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan (INA), men's doubles champions at Beijing 2008 (8 - 24 August), world champion 2007, Hendra Setiawan also won the World Championships with Mohd Ahsan in 2013.

  • 2007

    Super Series circuit gets underway - the circuit is made up of 12 of the world's most prestigious open tournaments and pools the international broadcast rights in a new commercial arrangement for the BWF & hosts.

  • 2006

    From International Badminton Federation (IBF) to Badminton World Federation (BWF) - the world governing body has a new name.

  • 2006

    A new Rally-Point scoring system is implemented - 21 x 3 with setting.

  • 2006

    Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng (CHN) - men's doubles world champions in 2006, 2009, 2010 & 2011 and Olympic Champions in 2012.

  • 2005

    IBF headquarters moves from Cheltenham to Kuala Lumpur.

  • 2006

    Lin Dan (CHN) - world champion 2016 and emerging talent with the results to match world's best - world champion: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013, Olympic Champion: 2008 & 2012.

  • 2004

    Athens hosts 2004 Olympic Games.

  • 2003

    The Sudirman Cup becomes a stand-alone event.

  • 2001

    Gao Ling partnered Huang Sui (CHN) to become world women's doubles champions 2001, 2003 & 2006, Olympic silver medallists in 2004 & 2008.

  • 2001

    IBF introduces changes to the scoring from 15x3 to 7x5 but the change is short-lived.

  • 2000

    Sydney 2000 Olympic Games badminton.

  • 2011

    A new Superseries structure implemented with five Premier Superseries events in January.

  • 2012

    BWF unveils a new logo on 26 May - contemporary, strong and efficient.

  • 2012

    Back to the future - London 2012 Olympic Games badminton is hosted from 27 July - 12 August at Wembley Arena.

  • 2012

    Déjà vu - Lin Dan (CHN) and Lee Chong Wei (MAS) face off in the men's singles finals of London 2012 (27 July - 12 August) - a repeat of the Beijing 2008 finals with Lin Dan taking home his second successive gold.

  • 2013

    Olympic Champion Poul-Erik Høyer elected President of the BWF on 18 May.

  • 2014

    BWF implements an Instant Review System on 4 April after testing out a number of systems in 2013. Players can challenge line judge calls.

  • 2014

    Japan's historic Thomas Cup Finals victory on 25 May - joining only three other winners (Malaysia, Indonesia and China) since the first Thomas Cup in 1948/49.

  • 2014

    Sydney hosts a Superseries event for the first time on 24 Jun - a new location and region for the Superseries, now hosted in Asia, Europe and Oceania.

  • 2014

    BWF turns 80 on 5 July with the last five years since its 75th anniversary being one of the most successful periods in its history.

  • 2014

    BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer becomes an IOC Member on 7 February and joins BWF Council colleagues who have had this honour conferred on them: Li Lingwei (2012) and Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (2013).

  • 2014

    Badminton becomes a Paralympic sport on 7 October - to be hosted for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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  • 2014

    Destination Dubai - BWF World Superseries Finals is hosted for the first time on 17 December in Dubai in a four-year deal.