In the final in Bangkok, a resolute Indian men’s team carved its mark on history by winning the Thomas Cup for the first time ever, defeating 14 time winners Indonesia by 3-0. India put on a show to remember, with medalist Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, as well as the worldwide number 8 doubles combo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy putting on an unforgettable game.
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About Thomas Cup
The Thomas Cup, also known as the World Men’s Team Championships, is a global badminton tournament held every two years between teams representing member countries of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport’s regulatory body. Since 1982, the tournaments have been contested every 2 years, having previously been held every 3 years since its first event in 1948–1949. The championship’s final stage has 12 teams participating at locations in the host country, and it runs simultaneously with the Uber Cup (initially held in 1956–1957), the global women’s team championship. The two Competitions have been played together at various levels of play from 1984. With regards to player and fan engagement, the Thomas Cup and, to a smaller extent, the Uber Cup are two of the world’s “largest” and most renowned regularly organised badminton competitions.
Just six nations have lifted the Thomas Cup in the 30 competitions contested since 1948–1949. With 14 victories, Indonesia is by far the most victorious team. China, which did not start competing until 1982, is in second place with ten championships, while Malaysia has five. After defeating Malaysia 3–2 in the 2014 final, Japan has become the fourth nation to lift the Thomas Cup. After defeating Indonesia 3–2 in the 2016 final, Copenhagen became the first European and fifth country to win the Thomas Cup. The tournament was won for the very first time by a non-Asian team. India is the current title holder, having won the very first championship in 2022 after defeating defending champions Indonesia by 3-0.
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Thomas Cup Winners
|1970||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Indonesia|
|1984||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Indonesia|
|1988||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||China|
|1992||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Malaysia|
|1998||Hong Kong SAR, China||Indonesia|
|2000||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Indonesia|
|2006||Sendai and Tokyo, Japan||China|
|2010||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||China|
|2014||New Delhi, India||Japan|
|Team||Years||Number of Times|
Frequently Asked Questions about the Thomas Cup and Badminton:
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