The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the world governing body for the sport and has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Badminton has been an Olympic Games sport since the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. The Olympic Games is the top world event in badminton.

The BWF has 179 Members who are national badminton federations responsible for regulating and developing the sport in their country.

Continental Confederations administer, manage and develop the sport together with the national federations in their region. There are five Continental Confederations:

  • Badminton Africa
  • Badminton Asia
  • Badminton Europe
  • Badminton Oceania
  • Badminton Pan America

The BWF, it’s Member Associations, and Continental Confederations work together in a coordinated approach to the development of the sport worldwide.

The BWF Council is responsible for providing policy and administrative guidance to the Executive Board who oversees the day to day operations of the Federation. The Council is appointed by the Annual General Meeting for a four year term. The Executive Board is made up of key officers of the organisation - the President, Deputy President and six Vice Presidents and Chairs of Council Committees.

The Secretary General is responsible for day to day operations and is accountable to the Executive Board and Council.