Something historic happened in 1873 when England’s first ever badminton club, “Bath,” was created. And the revolution in the game of badminton started.
No one knew at that time that it would be so popular that out of 7.97 billion people in the world, 0.339 billion people would play it at least that tiones every week.
And it makes badminton the second most popular sport worldwide.
Let’s dive in,
When was Badminton Invented?
Something super special happened in 1860 – the 1870s. As early as 1860, a London toy dealer named Isaac Spratt wrote and published a book, “Badminton Battledore – A New Game.”
In the beginning, Battedore and Shuttlecock was played and developed in India. In 1870 it was trendy there and known as “POONA.”
The first rules for badminton were drawn in 1873, and the first badminton club (Bath) was made in Folkestone, England.
J.H.E. Hart of Bath club revised the rules of badminton in 1890. The Badminton Association of England officially published these rules in 1993 and launched the game in Dunbar, Portsmouth.
The BAE started its first badminton competition, the “All England Open Badminton Championship,” in 1899.
And this was the rise of badminton. After this, it went popular in so many countries.
The international badminton association was invented in 1934, and England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand were the founding members.
Now it is known as the badminton world federation (BWF).
When did badminton become an Olympic Sport?
Badminton was introduced in Olympics as a demonstration sport in 1972 and as an exhibition sport in 1988. It became a full medal Olympic sport in 1992 with competition for women’s and men’s singles and doubles. Mixed doubles were added to the Olympic competition in 1996.
China has dominated the Olympic badminton games by winning 46 medals since it was introduced to the Olympics.
Total Number of People who Play badminton in the World
According to BWF, over 339 Million people play badminton at least once every week worldwide.
Which Countries have the Most Badminton Players
4 Countries in the world have the most badminton players, and nearly one-third of the players are from China.
Chinese players always dominate the badminton championships because they have over 100M players. The other 3 countries are the United States, Japan, and Indonesia.
- China has over 100M badminton players.
- The United States has over 6.4 million badminton players.
- Japan has over 4 million badminton Players.
- Indonesia has approximately 1 million badminton players.
Badminton Players Ranking Statistics 2022
Top 10 Badminton Players in Men’s Singles in the world
You will be surprised to know that men’s singles’ top player is not from China or Japan. He is from Denmark. Victor Axelsen is the number one badminton player in men’s singles, according to BWF’s world rankings in 2022.
He replaced japan’s Kento Momota to become the world’s number one.
According to BWF’s ranking, the top 10 players in 2022 are Victor Axelsen, Kento Momota, Anders Antonsen, Lee Zii Jia, Chou Tien Chen, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Loh Kean Yew, Jonatan Christie, Lakshya sen and Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
Top 10 Badminton Team in men’s doubles in the world
Six teams out of the top 10 in men’s doubles are from Indonesia & Japan. According to BWF’s men’s doubles ranking, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi’s team is number 1 worldwide.
According to BWF, the top 10 teams in men’s doubles are Takuro Hoki | Yugo Kobayashi, Marcus Gideon | Kevin Sukamuljo, Lee Yang | Wang Chi-lin, Hendra Setiawan | Mohammad Ahsan, Aaron Chia | Soh Wooi Yik, Fajar Alfian | Muhammad Ardianto, Kim Astrup | Anders Rasmussen, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy | Chirag Shetty, Ong Yew Sin | Teo Ee Yi and Goh Sze Fei | Nur Izzuddin.
Top 10 Badminton Players in Women’s Singles
Akane Yamaguchi is the number 1 badminton player in women’s singles worldwide with 112,013 points. She won the world championship gold in 2021 & 2022.
Her first entry into international competition occurred at Osaka International Challenge in 2012. The Journey of Akane from the first international match to becoming the world champion was pretty amazing.
According to BWF, the top 10 players in women’s singles are Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying, Chen Yu Fei, An Se Young, Carolina Marin, Pusarla V. Sindhu, Ratchanok Intanon, Nozomi Okuhara, Pornpawee Chochuwong and He Bing Jiao.
Top 10 Women’s Doubles Pair in Badminton Worldwide
Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan’s team is number 1 in badminton women’s doubles worldwide, with 105,816.
According to BWF, the top 10 women’s doubles players are Chen Qing Chen | Jia Yi Fan, Kim So Yeong | Kong Hee Yong, Nami Matsuyama | Chiharu Shida, Yuki Fukushima | Sayaka Hirota, Greysia Polii | Apriyani Rahayu, Mayu Matsumoto | Wakana Nagahara, Jongkolphan Kititharakul | Rawinda Prajongjai, Jeong Na Eun | Kim Hye Jeong and Gabriela Stoeva | Stefani Stoeva.
Top 10 Badminton Mixed Doubles Team in the World
Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai are the number pair in badminton mixed doubles Worldwide.
According to BWF, the top 10 mixed doubles players are Dechapol Puavaranukroh | Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Yuta Watanabe | Arisa Higashino, Zheng Si Wei Huang Ya Qiong, Wang Yi Lyu | Huang Dong Ping, Praveen Jordan | Melati Daeva Oktavianti, Seo Seung Jae | Chae Yu Jung, Tang Chun Man | Tse Ying Suet, Thom Gicquel | Delphine Delrue, Mark Lamsfuss | Isabel Lohau and Marcus Ellis | Lauren Smith.
Badminton Player’s Earning Statistics
Top 10 Highest Earning Badminton Players in the World
As of July 2022, the highest earning badminton player is Victor Axelsen, with US$232,750.
Let’s see the top 10 paid badminton players in the world,
Demographics of Badminton Players
Top 100 Badminton Players by Age [1994-2020]
The average age of the male players in the World Ranking increased from 23.7 ± 3.2 years in 1994 to 26.3 ± 4.4 years in 2020 (p < 0.001), and in female players, from 22.8 ± 3.8 years in 1994 to 24.7 ± 3.3 years in 2020 (p < 0.001). We can clearly say that top players are getting older.
There is an approximate 3 years gap between 1994 players and 2020 players. So we can conclude that more experienced players are now winning the championships.
That’s a wrap for my roundup of badminton player statistics.
The stat that knocked my sock was that one-third of the total badminton players worldwide are from China. And this is why China dominated in badminton championships worldwide.
Now, I would like to hear from you:
Could badminton become the first most popular sport in the future? or do you think anything else could be added to the stats?
Either way, leave a comment below.