World Badminton Rankings
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) governs the world sport of badminton and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The BWF contains 170 members and their headquarters are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
There are five world badminton ranking lists. There is one for each of the five badminton disciplines (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles). The rankings are tabulated from the points that a player/pair has. The player/team accrues points from the amount of graded tournaments that the player/pair enters, the amount of higher quality tournaments entered, and the amount of wins and how far each player/pair advances in each competition. A player/pair receives the most points by competing in BWF tournaments ( 1200 points awarded to the winner).
There is a world ranking points table that can be found on www.bwfbadminton.org. This displays the amount of points for each tournament a player/pair receives from their results in that tournament. The points cover a rolling 52 week calendar year. If a player/pair has competed in the same event in 10 or fewer tournaments over a 52 week period, then all of their points are added up to establish their ranking. However, if a player/pair has competed in 11 or more tournaments in the same event then only their highest 10 tournament point totals are added for their ranking. This website also shows the historical and current badminton ranking list. The ranking list is updated every Thursday.
A player/pair can be seeded in tournaments and qualify for the Olympics based on their world ranking. If two or more players/pairs have the same amount of points, then the players/pairs who have competed in the most tournaments will be ranked higher.The Olympic games also qualify as a graded BWF tournament. The sport that originated more than 2000 years ago in Europe and Asia continues to show its dominance on the world stage.
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