A brief history of the Sudirman Cup

by BWT Admin

The Sudirman Cup is a biennial international badminton tournament named after Dick Sudirman, a former Indonesian badminton player and the founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia. It is the world mixed team championships, featuring teams from around the globe competing against each other.

The first Sudirman Cup was held in 1989 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with twenty-eight teams from around the world participating in the tournament. Since then, the tournament has been held every two years and has grown in popularity, with more teams joining and more countries hosting the event.

The Sudirman Cup is organized by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and is considered to be one of the most prestigious events in the badminton world. The tournament features teams of players from different countries competing in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles matches.

China is the most successful team in the Sudirman Cup, having won the tournament twelve times since its inception. Other countries that have won the Sudirman Cup are Indonesia (one time) and South Korea (four times).

The most recent Sudirman Cup was held in Suzhou, China, in 2023, and the next one is scheduled to be held again in China (host city not yet confirmed).


Year Host Champions Runners-up
1989 Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia South Korea
1991 Copenhagen, Denmark South Korea Indonesia
1993 Birmingham, England South Korea Indonesia
1995 Lausanne, Switzerland China Indonesia
1997 Glasgow, Scotland China South Korea
1999 Copenhagen, Denmark China Denmark
2001 Seville, Spain China Indonesia
2003 Eindhoven, Netherlands South Korea China
2005 Beijing, China China Indonesia
2007 Glasgow, Scotland China Indonesia
2009 Guangzhou, China China South Korea
2011 Qingdao, China China Denmark
2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia China South Korea
2015 Dongguan, China China Japan
2017 Gold Coast, Australia South Korea China
2019 Nanning, China China Japan
2021 Vantaa, Finland China Japan
2023 Suzhou, China China South Korea
2025 China

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