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Badminton World Federation viert vandaag 81e verjaardag

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Today is the 81st anniversary of the founding of badminton's international federation which took place on 5 July 1934.

First known as the International Badminton Federation (IBF), the organisation began with nine inaugural members - Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales - and has blossomed to 182 member associations today.

In June 2005, the IBF headquarters moved from England to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a year later the IBF was re-christened the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Sir George Thomas of England was the first IBF President serving 21 years; the longest term of anyone in that capacity. Since May 2013, Poul-Erik Høyer of Denmark has led the BWF, with Peru's Gustavo Salazar Delgado as Deputy President. Thomas Lund is the BWF Secretary General.

Happy 81st birthday to the international badminton family!

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