The first World Badminton Day is set to be celebrated this year ©Badminton World Federation

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has launched the first World Badminton Day to be celebrated annually on July 5, in recognition of the date the Federation was founded.

The BWF was established in 1934 and originally named as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine founding member nations - Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

World Badminton Day aims to promote the sport and bring people together to experience a friendly version of the sport through events and activities.

The celebrations will take place globally at the same time to help promote the sport to a wider audience.

The BWF President and Olympics singles gold medallist for Denmark at Atlanta 1996 Poul-Erik Hoyer expressed his excitement.

"World Badminton Day provides a unique opportunity for us to simultaneously celebrate and promote the sport we love," Hoyer said.

"I am excited to follow the various World Badminton Day activities and to observe their impact on our sport globally."

National Badminton Federations, fans, athletes and communities from all over the world are being encouraged to organise activities and celebrate this significant date.

The BWF continues to increase global interest for the sport by creating development initiatives throughout the season.