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The History of Badminton in FISU

Since the first World University Badminton Championship organised in Cyprus in 1990 and during the four subsequent editions, all Asian countries have distinguished themselves in this discipline. Indeed, the representatives of China and Chinese Taipei took the lion’s share of the wins in singles matches, winning the gold medal nearly every time. This supremacy was seriously challenged in doubles, where European countries sometimes scrapped through. In general badminton is very popular within the student community. The 2004 World University Championship in Bangkok recorded 20 countries and 134 participants. When Thailand won the bid for the Summer Universiade and the World Student Games were attributed to Bangkok, badminton was proposed as an optional sport for the first time. This contributed to an increase in the level and number of participating countries: 33 countries and 159 athletes participated in the Summer Universiade. The large number of spectators during the finals and live TV coverage brought this nice and very dynamic sport to a higher level. For the second time in 2011, badminton was part of the programme of the Universiade held in Shenzhen, China, a country where badminton is a star sport. Finally, badminton was optionnal in Kazan 2013 and Gwangju 2015. Due to this huge success, badminton will become a compulsory sport at the Universiade from 2021.

Statistics WUC Badminton

Edition Year Country City N° of Countries M W Athletes Officials Total
1 1990 CYP Nicosia 16 38 36 74 32 106
2 1992 SWE Karlstad 23 44 38 82 37 119
3 1994 CZE Prague 21 38 30 68 31 99
4 1996 FRA Strasbourg 29 59 41 100 45 145
5 1998 TUR Istanbul 22 46 39 85 42 127
6 2000 BUL Sofia 14 32 31 63 23 86
7 2002 POL Krakow 21 52 40 92 35 127
8 2004 THA Bangkok 20 72 62 134 38 172
9 2006 CHN Wuhan 16 57 54 111 43 154
10 2008 POR Braga 22 87 75 162 71 233
11 2010 TPE Taipei City 20 68 63 131 63 194
12 2012 KOR Gwangju 18 70 57 127 46 173
13 2014 ESP Córdoba 21 81 80 161 64 225
14 2016 RUS Ramesnkoe  16 68 64 132 46 178
15 2018 MAS Kuala Lumpur