KUALA LUMPUR: The richest tournament in badminton got even richer today after the sport’s governing body ramped up the prize pot for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals to US$11.5 million over the next four years.
The prize money for this year’s finals, taking place from Dec 13 to 17 in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, will be US$2.5 million, up from US$1.5 million last year.
It will increase over the coming years to US$3.5 million in 2026, the Kuala Lumpur-based Badminton World Federation said.
“We are delighted to be able to confirm US$11.5 million over the next four years for what already is our signature finale to the BWF World Tour,” secretary-general Thomas Lund said.
“This represents an overall greater commitment to our players and contributes to an enhanced world class sports product that we seek.”