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"Kick-Shuttle" played in China and other parts of the Far East.
The game of "battledore and shuttlecock" is played in China, Greece and parts of the Far East.
"Battledore and shuttlecock" was tried at Badminton House, Gloucestershire, England.
Badminton House game is converted into badminton with a "net", and it is said that John Loraine Baldwin formalised some rules for the game.
Toy dealer in London, Isaac Spratt, offers the game of "Badminton-Battledore" for sale.
The game of "poona" is played in India and British Army Officers who are said to have brought the game back to England.
Poona leads to a badminton code of conduct drawn up in India.
Soldiers returning from India help the cause of the formation of clubs in England.
Badminton club formed in South Africa.
Badminton played in India.
Badminton reaches Canada.
The Badminton Association (England) was formed to administer the game internationally from England.
Badminton reaches Germany.
First badminton club formed in India.
First open tournament held in Guilford, England.
Badminton reaches New Zealand.
Hour glass court abolished.
An English touring group's visit to Dieppe, France in 1908.
Badminton reaches Malaya via British trading posts.
Badminton reaches Indonesia via Singaporean merchants.
Badminton starts in Denmark.
Badminton reaches Japan.
Frank Devlin (IRE) is the second most successful player ever at the All England Open Championships.
Netherlands Badminton Bond founded.
Ralph Nichols (ENG) is one of the most successful All England Open champions.
International Badminton Federation (IBF) formed on 5 July by nine nations with Sir George Thomas the first President.
Malayan, Indian, Hong Kong Badminton Associations founded.
Badminton reaches China.
4 Madeira Avenue, Bromley, Herbert Scheele's home and IBF's first office from 1936 onwards.
Frank Devlin (IRE), second most successful player at the All England, tours the Far East.
American and Swedish Badminton Associations founded.
The first international competition between Australia versus New Zealand for the Whyte Trophy.
Herbert Scheele becomes IBF Honorary Secretary and held this post for 38 years.
Sir George Thomas formally presents the trophy following the 7th IBF AGM of the Council for an international men's team competition.full article
Japan's Badminton Association formed.
Marie Ussing (DEN), All England women's singles champion - 1947, 1953.
Kirsten Thorndahl (DEN), All England women's singles champion 1948.
Malaya wins the first Thomas Cup competition.
David Freeman of USA is All England men's singles champion
Wong Peng Soon (MAL), All England men's singles champion - 1950, 1951, 1952 & 1955.
Badminton Association of Indonesia formed
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.
Iris Cooley (Eng), three times All England women's doubles champion in the 1950s.
Plastic shuttles are permitted.
Judy Devlin-Hashman (USA) and Sue Devlin-Peard (USA), multiple winners of All England titles.
Finn Kobbero (DEN) and Kirsten Thorndahl (DEN), All England mixed doubles champions four times: 1955, 1957, 1960 & 1961.
Margaret Varner (USA), All England women's singles champion 1955-56, women's doubles champion 1958.
The Uber Cup for the women's world team championships begins.full article
The Asian Badminton Confederation becomes the first continental confederation.
Erland Kops (DEN), star of the 1960s.
The 4th Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia - 24 August to 4 September) includes badminton for the first time.
Badminton is included in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games (Kingston, Jamaica from 4 -13 August) for the first time.
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.
European Badminton Union established.
Rudy Hartono (INA) - men's singles All England Champion eight times from 1968-1974 inclusive and 1976; and world champion 1980.
Christian Hadinata (INA) and Ade Chandra (INA), world men's doubles champions 1980; world silver medalists 1977; All England champions 1972-73.
Noriko Takagi-Nakayama (JPN), All England women's singles champion 1972; women's doubles champion 1971; unbeaten in Uber Cup singles 1965-75.
Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games.
China's uniformed national touring team in 1973.
Margaret Beck (ENG), World Invitation champion 1974; All England champion 1973.
China applies for IBF membership with the proviso that Taiwan is expelled.
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.
Hiroe Yuki (JPN), All England WS champion 1969, 1974-75 & 1977, WD champion 1971.
Svend Pri (DEN), All England MS champion 1975; XD champion three times with Ulla Strand 1967, 1971 & 1972.
Herbert Scheele retires and Ronnie Rowan becomes IBF's first professional General Secretary.
Split in IBF leads to formation of World Badminton Federation.
First World Championships held in Malmö, Sweden.
Use of metal rackets spreads.
Badminton becomes a sport recognised by International Olympic Committee.
Liem Swie King (INA) wins first of his three All England titles - 1978, 1979 & 1981.
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.
Agreement reached with Badminton Associations of China and Taiwan, the IBF and WBF (World Badminton Federation) joining to re-unify world badminton.
IBF rents offices in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.
Verawaty Fajirin (INA), world champion in women's singles 1980.
Prakash Padukone (IND), All England champion 1980.
Nora Perry and Jane Webster (ENG), world women's doubles champions 1980, silver medallists 1983, All England champions 1981.
Reconciliation between IBF and WBF (World Badminton Federation) in Tokyo; the sport is united again.
China win four of five titles at the inaugural World Games.
China win Thomas Cup in their first appearance in the competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Zhang Ailing (CHN), All England women's singles champion 1982 & 1983; member of Uber Cup winning team 1984.
Morten Frost Hansen (DEN), All England men's singles champion 1982, 1984, 1986 & 1987, World Silver medallist 1985 & 1987.
Chinese flag becomes prominent on the winners' podium from the 1980s onwards.
Use of synthetic rackets spreads.
Synthetic shuttles permitted.
China begins to dominate the sport.
First IBF World Grand Prix
Lin Ying (CHN), World women's doubles champion 1983 with Wu Dixi (CHN) and with Guan Weizhen (CHN) 1987 and 1989.
China wins Uber Cup for the first time.
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.
Park Joo Bong and Kim Moon Soo (KOR), Olympic men's doubles champions 1992; world men's doubles champions 1985 & 1991.
The IOC Session in East Berlin decides to include badminton into the Olympic Games programme and the Olympic flag is presented to the IBF.
Craig Reedie did more than anyone else to get badminton voted into the Olympic programme in 1985.
Hwang Hye-Young and Chung Myung-Hee (KOR), All England women's doubles champions 1986, 1987 & 1990.
China becomes first country ever to win all five world titles in Beijing in 1987.
Wang Pengren and Shi Fangying (CHN), world XD champions as China win all five in 1987
The Oceania Badminton Federation formed in Beijing
Yang Yang (CHN), world men's singles champion 1987 & 1989; All England champion 1989.
Han Aiping (CHN), world women's singles champion 1985, 1987; world women's doubles champion 1985.
Badminton is a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.
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).full article
Susi Susanti (INA) helps her nation win the Sudirman Cup - emerges as a star in Jakarta.
IBF purchases offices in Cheltenham.
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.
Guan Weizhen and Lin Ying (CHN), both three times women's doubles champions with different partners.
Computerised world rankings begin.
Tang Jiuhong (CHN), world champion 1991, All England champion 1992.
Zhao Jianhua (INA), All England champion 1985, 1990 world MS champion 1991.
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).
Susi Susanti (INA) helps her nation win the Sudirman Cup - emerges as a star in Jakarta.
Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi (CHN), world men's doubles champions 1987 & 1989, Olympic bronze medallists in 1992.
World Junior Championships is hosted for the first time in Jakarta, Indonesia.
David Shaw, IBF's first Executive Director, takes over and builds a large professional secretariat.
Heryanto Arbi (INA), world men's singles champion 1995, world bronze 1997, All England champion 1993 & 1994.
Lu Shengrong becomes the first female President of IBF and also first one from China.
Chung So-Young and Gil Young-Ah (KOR), All England women's doubles champions 1993 & 1994.
Poul-Erik Høyer, Olympic gold medalist in men's singles at Atlanta 1996 and All England champion 1995 & 1996.
Ye Zhaoying (CHN), world women's singles champion 1995, 1997 and Olympic Games bronze medalist - Sydney 2000.
Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja (INA), world champions 1995 & Olympic men's doubles champions 1996.
Bang Soo-Hyun (KOR), women's singles Olympic silver medalist - Barcelona 1992, Olympic champion, Atlanta 1996.
Ge Fei and Gu Jun (CHN), Olympic women's doubles champions 1996, 2000, 2004, world champions 2001.
Sigit Budiarto and Candra Wijaya (INA), world men's doubles champions 1997.
Sun Jun (CHN), All England champion 1998 & world champion 1999.
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.
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.
Kim Dong Moon and Ha Tae Kwon (KOR), Olympic men's doubles champions 2004, world champions 1999.
Camilla Martin (DEN), world women's singles champion 1999, Olympic silver medallist - Sydney 2000.
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games badminton.
IBF introduces changes to the scoring from 15x3 to 7x5 but the change is short-lived.
Gao Ling partnered Huang Sui (CHN) to become world women's doubles champions 2001, 2003 & 2006, Olympic silver medallists in 2004 & 2008.
The Sudirman Cup becomes a stand-alone event.
Athens hosts 2004 Olympic Games.
IBF headquarters moves from Cheltenham to Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng (CHN) - men's doubles world champions in 2006, 2009, 2010 & 2011 and Olympic Champions in 2012.
A new Rally-Point scoring system is implemented - 21 x 3 with setting.
From International Badminton Federation (IBF) to Badminton World Federation (BWF) - the world governing body has a new name.
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.
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.
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).
BWF celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a special logo and a range of activities in 2009.
A new Superseries structure implemented with five Premier Superseries events in January.
BWF unveils a new logo on 26 May - contemporary, strong and efficient.
Back to the future - London 2012 Olympic Games badminton is hosted from 27 July - 12 August at Wembley Arena.
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.
SHUTTLE TIME was first launch in 2012
Olympic Champion Poul-Erik Høyer elected President of the BWF on 18 May.
BWF implements an Instant Review System on 4 April after testing out a number of systems in 2013. Players can challenge line judge calls.
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.
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.
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.
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).full article
Badminton becomes a Paralympic sport on 7 October - to be hosted for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.full article
Destination Dubai - BWF World Superseries Finals is hosted for the first time on 17 December in Dubai in a four-year deal.
In 2015, at the BWF World Junior Championships, BWF launches its global integrity campaign “i am badminton ”.
BWF World Tour was launch with global financial giant HSBC securing the title sponsorship of the HSBC BWF World Tour.
SHUTTLE TIME HITS 100 - BWF blew out 100 candles in Panama!
June 2017 – BWF moves office in KL – spacious, contemporary & comfortable
37 Year Wait for Japan - Japan’s long wait for success in the Uber Cup competition finally came to an end in Bangkok in May 2018.
23 May 2019 - 80th AGM hosted in Nanning, China