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The Badminton World Federation Reveals New Tournament Structure

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer (left) and BWF Deputy President Gustavo Salazar Delgado at this morning’s BWF Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has recently announced an exciting new tournament structure that is set to revolutionize the sport. With a focus on enhancing competition and increasing prize money, this new series is sure to attract both players and fans from around the world.

A New Era for Badminton

The new tournament structure, set to start next year and run until 2021, will feature a total of six levels. The most prestigious event will be held at Level 1, with a staggering prize money of US$1.5 million up for grabs. This season finale promises to be an exhilarating showcase of badminton talent.

Million-Dollar Events

Level 2 of the series will consist of three million-dollar events, which will be held in China, England, and Indonesia. These tournaments will provide players with a chance to compete for a substantial prize pool and gain recognition on an international stage.

Increased Prize Money

Under the new structure, prize money will see a significant increase across the board for the last two years of the cycle. This move aims to reward players for their hard work and dedication, as well as attract top talent to the sport.

A Global Stage

The BWF has carefully selected host countries for the various levels of the tournament series. Level 3 events will be held in China, Denmark, France, Japan, and Malaysia, while Level 4 tournaments will take place in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Level 5 events are scheduled to be held in Australia, Chinese Taipei, Germany, India, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA.

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A Vision for the Future

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer shared his excitement about the new structure, highlighting its potential to elevate the sport to new heights. He emphasized the goals of presenting badminton at a high level of competitiveness, increasing television coverage, and enhancing the popularity of top players worldwide. This unified structure aims to strengthen brand awareness and generate increased exposure and revenues for the sport.

A Bright Path Ahead

As the new tournament series takes flight, it is poised to bring about positive change for badminton. The increased quality of events, higher revenues for hosts, and improved prize money are all factors that will contribute to the growth and development of the sport. With an estimated 37 events planned, including an open category, there will be ample opportunities for players and associations to participate and showcase their skills.


1. When will the new tournament structure begin?
The new tournament structure is set to start next year and will run until 2021.

2. How many levels are there in the new series?
The new tournament series will consist of six levels, each offering unique opportunities for players.

3. Which countries will host the Level 4 events?
Level 4 events will be held in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.


The Badminton World Federation’s new tournament structure is an exciting development for the sport. With increased prize money, a unified brand, and a global stage, badminton is set to reach new heights of popularity and competitiveness. The future looks bright for players, fans, and the sport as a whole.

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