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.
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.
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