The BWF World Championships stand alongside the Olympics as the ultimate test for any badminton player. Since its beginnings in 1977, the event has evolved over 22 editions. DON HEARN takes us on a historical journey.
The BWF World Championships may be relatively new compared to the history of organised competition in the sport, but the event did not take long to grow into the true test of the top individual players and pairs in world badminton. First held in 1977, the World Championships grew to a top-flight global competition which, in its 20th edition, saw the participation of 345 athletes from 47 member associations and was broadcast in high-definition to television viewers throughout the globe.