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"Is not that a great principle for all of living? The people who will really accomplish great things in life are those who are willing to discipline their lives, who maintain their health, their vitality, their efficiency through this process of rigorous disciplining of what they take into their bodies and what they do in life. It's a very important thing in terms of championship living" said Bob Richards.

The athletes that win the Badminton World Championships are those who put in the necessary training, exercising, skill develop and strong work ethic to maximize their chance to win the badminton world championship in the singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. Likewise, the idea of being a champion is something all athletes want to obtain.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) runs the badminton world championship that decides who the best badminton players are in the world. The Badminton World Championships are open to athletes from all countries that play badminton. However, throughout the history of the tournament there have been certain countries that continually dominate the championship. The countries that have had the most success in the championship includes China, Indonesia, Denmark and Korea.

China has had the most success out of any country they have won a total of 40 medals in the badminton world championship. The next most successful country is the badminton powerhouse of Indonesia who has won 18 medals in the championships. Then following is Denmark and Korea. They are tied at nine for the number of medals they won in the history of the championship. Likewise, there have been 17 countries that at least have won a bronze medal in the tournament.

The world championship location changes year by year. There have been many cities and countries that have been proud to be chosen as the location for the prestigious badminton world championship. Copenhagen in Denmark has been home of the championship the most times with it being there three times including 1983, 1991 and 1999.

Two other popular locations have been Jakarta, Indonesia and Birmingham, England both of these places have hosted the championship twice. The upcoming hosting countries are Hyderabad, India this year and Paris, France in 2010 and London, England in 2011.

The badminton world championship began in 1977 in Malmo, Sweden. However, since its beginning the championship went from being played every three years to bi-annual in 1983. Then, it changed again in 2006 to become an annual tournament. The new format has caused a lot of discussion among the badminton community on which way is best for the championship.

There are many players that like bi-annual better then annual. They think bi-annual is better because it makes it different and more prestigious than other tournaments. For example, Tony Gunawan who plays for the United States said "making it bi-annual makes the championship better because it makes it more prestigious".

Denmark's Kenneth Joanassen said "from a player's point of view it's better to have it every second year that way it's more exclusive and a player can hold the title longer". There are some athletes who like the new way of having an annual championship too. They think it's better for athletes to have the opportunity to be crowned champ every year instead of every other year. Therefore, the badminton world is split evenly about which format for the championship is better.

The badminton world championship will be held this year and it has not been held since 2007. This is because the championship is not held during an Olympic year. Regardless of the format or where the tournament is held this championship will always be of utmost importance to athletes and fans of badminton. It provides the opportunity for badminton athletes to become an elite athlete by being crown as best badminton player in the world.

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