Thomas Cup

Publication date: 02 Aug 2023

About the Thomas Badminton Cup

The Thomas Cup is a men’s World Team Badminton Championship held every two years since 1948. It involves countries representing the Badminton World Federation (BWF), which is the main body of the sport. A total of 16 teams compete in the preliminary round and 12 in the final round of the tournament.

Starting in 1984, a similar women’s competition, the Uber Cup, has been held at the same time as the Thomas Cup.

BWF official website

2024 Thomas Cup

It is already known that the next Thomаs Cup competitions will be held in April and May 2024 in Chengdu, China.

History of the Thomas Cup

The idea of holding such a significant badminton competition was proposed in 1939 by Sir George Alan Thomas, a famous sportsman of those times. Almost immediately he presented the main prize for which athletes would compete – the Challenge Cup of the International Badminton Championship – worth $40,000.

Originally, the first competition was scheduled to take place almost as soon as the idea was presented to the public. However, due to World War II, the idea had to be postponed for almost 10 years.

The first Thomas Cup competitions were held in 1948-49. 10 national teams took part in them and 3 qualification zones were created. Team Malaya (now Malaysia) were the first winners, beating Team Denmark 8-1.

Over time, the number of teams started to increase and a fourth qualifying zone was added.

Until 1964, the winning country did not take part in the off-season matches and defended its title only in the decisive round.

In the history of the Thomas Cup competition, the Indonesian national team has won 14 titles. China has 10 victories to its credit. The Malaysian team has won 5 times and reached the final 14 times. 

Results of the previous championships

The year Venue Results/ Place
2022 Bangkok, Thailand 1st place – India

2nd place – Indonesia

3rd place – Denmark

2020 Aarhus, Denmark 1st place – Indonesia

2nd place – China

3rd place – Denmark

2018 Bangkok, Thailand 1st place – China

2nd place – Japan

3rd place – Indonesia

2026 Thomas Cup

Information about the dates and venue for the 2026 Thоmas Bаdmintоn Cup is currently unknown.

Keep an eye on the dates of badminton competitions and other events in our Sporting Events Calendar.

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