A Brief History

The Sudirman Cup is the World Mixed Team Championships that is held every two years. The Sudirman Cup is a test of the all-round strength of a team. There are five matches in every tie: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

The first Sudirman Cup was played at Bung Karno Stadium in Indonesia from 24 to 29 May 1989 with 28 participating teams. The event has been held every two years since 1989. Indonesia won the inaugural edition at home – the one and only time they’ve taken the title. Korea emerged champions in the next two editions, followed by China, who won all events but one from 1995 to 2015 (Korea interrupted China’s reign in 2005).

China were again favourites in 2017 but were surprised by a Korean team with several inexperienced youngsters in a tense final in Gold Coast. The 3-2 win for Korea gave them their fourth Sudirman Cup title.