BWF Hall of Fame Inductees 2021

Olympic gold medallists Zhang Ning, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng have been inducted into the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Hall of Fame. The trio from China will be officially recognised at a virtual ceremony and media event hosted by BWF on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

Zhang, Cai and Fu were key figures in China’s formidable dominance of Major Championships during the 2000s and early 2010s, and demonstrated tremendous skill, talent, sportsmanship and longevity.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer lauded their stellar achievements during their careers and labelled them as instrumental figures in the history of the sport.

“Zhang Ning, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng are iconic figures from recent years,” said Høyer.

“They played at an incredibly high level, which helped them win every major title in badminton. Most importantly, the standards they set will always be a challenge for younger generations of players who seek to emulate them.

“I congratulate them on entering the BWF Hall of Fame, which is a well-deserved recognition for these three great players from China.”

BWF Hall of Fame Inductees 2021

Zhang Ning

As ‘Big Sister’ of the Chinese team, and in her early 30s, Zhang Ning overcame immense home pressure at the Beijing 2008 Olympics to defend her Athens 2004 gold medal, becoming the only women’s singles player to do so. A brilliant all-round player, she was victorious at nearly every major event on the circuit including the BWF World Championships in 2003, and guided China to team triumphs at the Uber Cup (2004, 2006) and Sudirman Cup (2005, 2007).

Cai Yun

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng achieved unprecedented success becoming the only men’s doubles pair to win four BWF World Championships. With his front-court play ably assisting the powerful Fu, Cai piloted the pair to Olympic silver at Beijing 2008 and gold at London 2012, as well as Asian Games team gold in 2006 and 2010. They also contributed a major part to China’s dominance over a decade in the Thomas Cup and Sudirman Cup competitions.

Fu Haifeng

The left-handed Fu Haifeng was noted for his immense power, which combined with the craftiness of Cai Yun, helped the duo win an unprecedented four World Championships, plus Olympic gold (2012), Olympic silver (2008), and two Asian Games team gold. Following Cai’s retirement, Fu then partnered Zhang Nan to claim a second successive Olympic gold at Rio 2016. As with Zhang and Cai, Fu was the backbone of the China team at major team events for over a decade.

Click Here for the BWF Hall of Fame Honour Roll

The players will be recognised at a virtual ceremony and media event starting 2pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

Injured Olympic Champion Marin to Miss Tokyo 2020


Injured Olympic Champion Marin to Miss Tokyo 2020

Reigning women’s singles gold medallist Carolina Marin will not defend her title at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in July.

The Spaniard, who defeated India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu in Rio four years ago to become the first European woman to win Olympic gold in badminton, confirmed the news in a post on her social media accounts.

Marin suffered a similar injury on her right knee during the Indonesia Masters 2019 final but made full recovery within eight months. She has won six HSBC BWF World Tour titles since her comeback.

We wish Marin a speedy recovery.

Updates on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying


Updates on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm no further tournaments will be played inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying window.

As such, while the qualification period officially closes 15 June 2021 as per the Revised Tokyo 2020 Qualification System, the current Race To Tokyo rankings list will not change.

Invitations will be sent shortly with final participation lists and seedings to be published at the conclusion of this process.

Race To Tokyo Rankings

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “The Olympic qualification process is in effect closed as there are no additional opportunities for players to earn points.

“However, we still need to receive confirmations from National Olympic Committees and Member Associations, followed by any possible reallocations, and this will take a number of weeks to complete.”

The deadline for Tokyo 2020 Sport Entries is 5 July 2021.

Number of Athletes per Event

Click here for the Revised Tokyo 2020 Qualification System that was published on 25 February 2021.






Launch of the AirShuttle: (from left) Director General, Guangzhou Sports Bureau, Luo Jingjun; Secretary General, Chinese Badminton Association, Wang Wei , BWF President, Poul-Erik Høyer, Global Head of Brand Partnerships, HSBC, Jonathan Castleman, BWF Council Member and Chair of the Development and Sport for All Committee.




2019年5月13日,世界羽联和汇丰银行在广州天河体育馆举行了全新户外型运动 — 户外羽毛球的启动仪式。



AirBadminton at the Sunsets Kuopio festival.



户外羽球展览会: 迪拜, 马来西亚, 新加坡

Youngsters try their hand at AirBadminton in Kuala Lumpur.









沙滩运动周, 迪拜

AirBadminton was a hit at the Beach Sports Week in Dubai.







Players at the Africa launch of AirBadminton.





Tunisia launched AirBadminton at the picturesque Ong El Jamel in Tozeur City.


突尼斯羽毛球协会在《星球大战》拍摄地Ong El Jamel举行了户外羽球锦标赛,共有十八名男球员和六名女球员参加。








YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2021 Postponed


YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2021 Postponed

Tournament organisers Badminton Association of India (BAI) have postponed the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2021 scheduled for 11-16 May 2021.

The decision was made in consultation and collaboration with local health authorities in Delhi and the Badminton World Federation.

All attempts were made by organisers to conduct a safe tournament environment for all participants, but the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and gravity of the situation in Delhi left BAI no choice but to postpone the tournament.

The YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2021 is a Super 500 tournament on the HSBC BWF World Tour and was an Olympic qualifying tournament.

BWF can confirm the rescheduled tournament will no longer take place in Olympic qualifying window. New dates have not been confirmed.

BWF Statement on Withdrawal of Turkish and Indonesian Players


BWF Statement on Withdrawal of Turkish and Indonesian Players

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England can confirm one more player – Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit – has been withdrawn from the YONEX All England Open 2021. Yigit was on the same inbound flight from Turkey to UK as the Indonesian team.

Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021

The UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service did also communicate notice of the required self-isolation to Yigit, with BWF and Badminton England receiving confirmation early Thursday morning GMT.

Neslihan Yigit of Turkey.

Both BWF and Badminton England would like to clarify that the decision to enforce Indonesian team players and entourage, and now Yigit, to self-isolate for 10 days was made independently by the NHS Test and Trace service.

This action is in accordance with the UK Government COVID-19 protocols and requirements as per its national legislation, and separate to any guidelines set by BWF and Badminton England in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place for the YONEX All England Open 2021.

Subsequently, BWF and Badminton England had no other option but to follow the NHS directive and withdraw the participants from the tournament.

Read BWF Statement in Bahasa Indonesia

This is a very unfortunate circumstance and something BWF and Badminton England did not wish for the Indonesian team and Yigit from Turkey. We can confirm impassioned attempts were made by Badminton England to gain exemption for the players and Indonesian team members, and to explore alternative options to guarantee their participation. However, the UK Government’s legislation is in place to, first and foremost, protect the British public against COVID-19 and their decision was final and non-negotiable.

BWF and Badminton England are in contact with the those impacted and are committed to supporting all individuals right through their self-isolation period. We also share the frustration felt by the players, as well as the many Indonesian supporters around the world. We sympathise greatly with what has happened and apologise for the inconvenience caused to the Indonesian players and team entourage, and Yigit from Turkey. We assure you we are doing the best we can within our powers, including to continue to provide a safe environment for all participants.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their first round match in Birmingham before they were asked to self-isolate.

Unfortunately, BWF and Badminton England cannot operate outside the protocols and operating procedures determined by the local government health authority in command.

While it is with regret that the Indonesian players and Yigit will not be able to compete in the current or next round of the tournament, we can confirm that the championships will continue with Day 2 action commencing 9am GMT.

Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021


Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England can confirm that a number of players and team members from the Indonesian team have been contacted by the UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service and are required to self-isolate with immediate effect. In accordance with UK Government requirements, the entire team will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their inbound flight after a person travelling onboard tested positive for COVID-19.

All Indonesian players will not be able to compete in the current or next round of the tournament and have therefore been withdrawn from the YONEX All England Open 2021.

While we regret this unfortunate consequence, BWF and Badminton England will continue to follow all protocols required by the UK Government and the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all participants.

All results to date will stand and the draw will remain unchanged. All scheduled opponents in the next round will be given a walkover.


Changes to HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 Tournament Calendar


Changes to HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 Tournament Calendar

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can announce changes to the HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 tournament calendar.

  • The CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2021 (Super 750) will now occur 25-30 May.
  • The PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2021 (Super 500) has been postponed until further notice.
  • The Singapore Open 2021 (Super 500) has been moved to the new dates of 1-6 June.

Badminton Association of Malaysia and Singapore Badminton Association made the respective decisions in consultation and collaboration with the BWF.

Both cited ongoing COVID-19 complications and wished for the tournaments to be delayed.

In securing new dates for the CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open and Singapore Open, BWF confirms the Indonesia Masters 2021 and Indonesia Open 2021 have been postponed also.

Replacement dates for those tournaments will be announced in due course.

The Olympic Qualifying period for the Race to Tokyo will now close on 15 June 2021, with the last tournament counting for qualification being the Singapore Open 2021.

BWF is working with the IOC to update the Tokyo 2020 qualification system whereby the final updated regulation will be shared once ready following formal approval by IOC.

Preparations for upcoming HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments continue as international badminton is set to resume with the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 (2-7 March) and YONEX All England Open 2021 (17-21 March).

Click here for the revised tournament calendar









男单项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 桃田贤斗 (日本)
2 维克多·阿克塞尔森(丹麦)
3 安德斯·安东森 (丹麦)
4 周天成 (中国台北)
5 安东尼·西尼苏卡·金廷 (印度尼西亚)
6 谌龙 (中国)
7 乔纳坦·克里斯蒂 (印度尼西亚)
8 伍家朗 (中国香港)
9 王子维(中国台北)
10 石宇奇(中国)

女单项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 戴资颖 (中国台北)
2 陈雨菲(中国)
3 卡罗莱纳·马林(西班牙)
4 奥原希望 (日本)
5 山口茜(日本)
6 拉差诺·因达农 (泰国)
7 普萨拉·辛德胡 (印度)
8 安洗莹(韩国)
9 何冰娇(中国)
10 李文珊(加拿大)

男双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 吉迪恩·苏卡穆约 (印度尼西亚)
2 阿山/塞蒂亚万(印度尼西亚)
3 李洋/王齐麟 (中国台北)
4 李俊慧/刘雨辰 (中国)
5 嘉村健士/园田启悟 (日本)
6 渡边勇大/远藤大由 (日本)
7 阿尔菲/阿迪安托安 (印度尼西亚)
8 催率圭/徐承宰 (韩国)
9 谢定峰/苏伟译 (马来西亚)
10 兰基雷迪/谢蒂(印度)

女双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 福岛由纪/广田彩花(日本)
2 陈清晨/贾一凡 (中国)
3 松本麻佑/永原和可那 (日本)
4 李绍希/申昇瓒 (韩国)
5 金昭映/孔熙容(韩国)
6 波莉/拉哈尤 (印度尼西亚)
7 杜玥/李茵晖 (中国)
8 基蒂塔拉库尔/巴宗哉(泰国)
9 张艺娜/金慧麟 (韩国)
10 邹美君/李明艳 (马来西亚)

混双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 郑思维/黄雅琼 (中国)
2 德差波/沙西丽 (泰国)
3 王懿律/黄东萍 (中国)
4 乔丹/梅拉蒂 (印度尼西亚)
5 徐承宰/蔡侑玎 (韩国)
6 渡边勇大/东野有纱(日本)
7 陈炳顺/吴柳莹 (马来西亚)
8 费萨尔/维德佳佳 (印度尼西亚)
9 埃利斯/史密斯 (英格兰)
10 吴顺发/赖洁敏(马来西亚)


BWF Unfreezes World Rankings


BWF Unfreezes World Rankings

The BWF World Rankings have been unfrozen following the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020.

Chinese Taipei provides two of the biggest movers with three-peat champions in Bangkok, Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, rising four places up to No.3 in men’s doubles and Wang Tzu Wei inside the Top 10 in men’s singles for the first time, up four places to No.9 in the world.

Malaysia’s women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean also rose for place to  debut inside the world’s top 10.

Kento Momota and Tai Tzu Ying remain world No.1s in men’s and women’s singles respectively, while Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong still lead the way in the doubles categories.

BWF froze the rankings lists on 31 March 2020 in response to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Men’s Singles (full rankings)

1 Kento Momota (Japan)
2 Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
3 Anders Antonsen (Denmark)
4 Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei)
5 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
6 Chen Long (China)
7 Jonatan Christie (Indonesia)
8 Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong China)
9 Wang Tzu Wei (Chinese Taipei)
10 Shi Yu Qi (China)

Women’s Singles (full rankings)

1 Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)
2 Chen Yu Fei (China)
3 Carolina Marin (Spain)
4 Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
5 Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
6 Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
7 Pusarla V. Sindhu (India)
8 An Se Young (Korea)
9 He Bing Jiao (China)
10 Michelle Li (Canada)

Men’s Doubles (full rankings)

1 Gideon/Sukamuljo (Indonesia)
2 Ahsan/Setiawan (Indonesia)
3 Lee/Wang (Chinese Taipei)
4 Li/Liu (China)
5 Kamura/Sonoda (Japan)
6 Endo/Watanabe (Japan)
7 Alfian/Ardianto (Indonesia)
8 Choi/Seo (Korea)
9 Chia/Soh (Malaysia)
10 Rankireddy/Chetty (India)

Women’s Doubles (full rankings)

1 Fukushima/Hirota (Japan)
2 Chen/Jia (China)
3 Matsumoto/Nagahara (Japan)
4 Lee/Shin (Korea)
5 Kim/Kong (Korea)
6 Polii/Rahayu (Indonesia)
7 Du/Li (China)
8 Kititharakul/Prajongjai (Thailand)
9 Chang/Kim (Korea)
10 Chow/Lei (Malaysia)

Mixed Doubles (full rankings)

1 Zheng/Huang (China)
2 Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai (Thailand)
3 Wang/Huang (China)
4 Jordan/Oktavianti (Indonesia)
5 Seo/Chae (Korea)
6 Watanabe/Higashino (Japan)
7 Chan/Goh (Malaysia)
8 Faizal/Widjaja (Indonesia)
9 Ellis/Smith (England)
10 Goh/Lai (Malaysia)















HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Qualifiers Announced


HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Qualifiers Announced

Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed the qualifiers for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals to take place 27-31 January in Bangkok, Thailand.

The top eight players and pairs for each category in the HSBC BWF Road to Bangkok Rankings have been invited.

Only a maximum of two (2) players or pairs per Member Association are permitted to participate.

**Qualifiers 1-4 in each category are seeded**

Men’s Singles

Ranking Player Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Viktor Axelsen Denmark 57220 6 1
2 Anders Antonsen Denmark 40820 6 2
3 Chou Tien Chen Chinese Taipei 40520 6 3
4 Rasmus Gemke Denmark 37020 7 Not Eligible
5 Wang Tzu Wei Chinese Taipei 35240 8 4
6 Ng Ka Long Angus Hong Kong China 35020 6 5
7 Kidambi Srikanth India 31360 9 6
8 Lee Zii Jia Malaysia 29390 6 7
9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting Indonesia 27620 5 8


Women’s Singles

Ranking Player Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Carolina Marin Spain 73820 9 1
2 Tai Tzu Ying Chinese Taipei 40200 4 2
3 Ratchanok Intanon Thailand 38250 6 3
4 An Se Young Korea 37140 7 4
5 Pornpawee Chochuwong Thailand 33860 8 5
6 Michelle Li Canada 28940 5 6
7 Nozomi Okuhara Japan 28040 4 Not Eligible
8 Busanan Ongbamrungphan Thailand 27870 7 Not Eligible
9 Evgeniya Kosetskaya Russia 26750 9 7
10 Pusarla V. Sindhu India 24840 5 8


Men’s Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Lee/Wang Chinese Taipei 51180 7 1
2 Chia/Soh Malaysia 36390 7 2
3 Ahsan/Setiawan Indonesia 35820 5 3
4 Ong/Teo Malaysia 35080 6 4
5 Ivanov/Sozonov Russia 33710 8 5
6 Ellis/Langridge England 33270 6 6
7 Lane/Vendy England 32040 8 7
8 Choi/Seo Korea 29640 7 8


Women’s Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Polii/Rahayu Indonesia 46020 6 1
2 Kim/Kong Korea 43360 6 2
3 Lee/Shin Korea 40930 6 3
4 Chang/Kim Korea 37130 7 Not Eligible
5 Birch/Smith England 34170 8 4
6 Kititharakul/Prajongjai Thailand 33690 7 5
7 Fukushima/Hirota Japan 30200 4 Not Eligible
8 Efler/Herttrich Germany 29980 9 6
9 Chow/Lee Malaysia 29340 7 7
10 Hoo/Yap Malaysia 26160 7 8


Mixed Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Ellis/Smith England 46100 8 1
2 Lamsfuss/Herttrich Germany 42040 9 2
3 Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai Thailand 41400 5 3
4 Gicquel/Delrue France 38870 7 4
5 Jordan/Oktavianti Indonesia 32460 5 5
6 Seo/Chae Korea 31440 5 6
7 Faizal/Widjaja Indonesia 30790 6 7
8 Goh/Lai Malaysia 29990 7 8


It was mandatory for players to enter both the YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open in order to be eligible to qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok concludes the 2020 World Tour season. The qualifying tournaments were:

  • ECOGREEN Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
  • PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020
  • DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2020
  • Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020
  • Barcelona Spain Masters 2020
  • YONEX All England Open 2020
  • DANISA Denmark Open 2020
  • YONEX Thailand Open 2021
  • TOYOTA Thailand Open 2021

The draw for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is scheduled for 10am Bangkok time on Tuesday 26 January 2021. It will be LIVE STREAMED on BWF Facebook and YouTube channels.

If you haven’t already, please register for the BWF Digital Media Hub to access content for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, including the draw.

BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth


BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth

Badminton World Federation (BWF) can provide an explanation on the incident involving India player Kidambi Srikanth at the YONEX Thailand Open, part of the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour.

On Tuesday, the player indicated he suffered a nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel attended to Kidambi shortly after.

Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) issued this statement:

The athlete had been swabbed three times earlier with the most recent one possibly causing irritation and fragility of the capillaries.

Therefore, when the swab was repeated on Tuesday, and factoring in the athlete’s tense nature, the position of the stick in the nasal passage was misaligned, which caused the slight bleeding noticed from the tip of the swab.

The COVID-19 staff member did not notice any bleeding from the athlete’s nose and there was no complaint from Kidambi at that point.

After about three to five minutes, another athlete from the India team reported that Kidambi had a nosebleed.

It is not known whether the athlete had blown his nose or stuck tissue up his nostrils which could have caused more blood vessels to rupture.

Badminton Association of Thailand, Thonburi Healthcare Group and the Ministry of Public Health have a strict COVID-19 prevention policy to do the nasal passage swab as often as every three to four days for early detection to reassure the athletes and their entourage to stay COVID-19 free throughout the tournament.

BWF continues to work with BAT and the Thai health authorities to ensure the safest and most comfortable conditions for all players and participants.

Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test


Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test

BWF can confirm four players tested positive for COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand today after the third round of mandatory testing was conducted on Monday 11 January, 2021.

BWF was informed this morning hours before the start of the YONEX Thailand Open – the first tournament of the Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour.

The four players included two from India, one from Germany, and one from Egypt.

Upon retesting the same specimens, one player from India, and both players from Germany and Egypt were found to be negative.

These three players will be tested again today.

One Indian player remains positive and is in isolation for a minimum of 10 days at the hospital. That person will be tested again today also. The match involving this player was declared a walkover.

Today’s match featuring the roommate of this player has also been declared a walkover. That player is in self-quarantine and also subject to another test today.

BWF and Badminton Association of Thailand will continue to follow all protocols outlined by the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all other participants.

The entire Indian team has been categorised high risk by Thai health authorities and all players and team entourage are currently self-quarantining in their rooms at the hotel and will be subject to a PCR test today.

Each individual is subject to daily testing until further notice from the Department of Disease Control, but players can continue to play upon producing a negative result.

India players scheduled to play today will be allowed to come to the venue. No coaches, managers or other personnel from Team India are allowed.

More information to follow.

Confirmed Walkover Matches

(MAS) Selvaduray Kisona vs Saina Nehwal (IND)

(IND) Kashyap Parupalli vs Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (CAN)