Thomas Cup Established

09 April, 2016

The Thomas Cup, or the Men’s World Team Badminton Championships, is the oldest of badminton’s world championship competitions, pre-dating the individual championships by almost thirty years.

On 11 March 1939, the Executive Committee of the International Federation decided that the time was right to establish a world-wide international competition and this decision was confirmed at the Annual General Meeting of the Council of the Federation on 5 July the same year.

The following extract - Editorial Notes - Thomas Cup - from the 1948 - 1949 IBF Statutes, gives an insight into the decision by the IBF to establish a world team championships for men.