The BWF World Junior Championships was first hosted in Jakarta in 1992 and the event firmly established itself as an elite world youth tournament. The Championship cups initially were called the Bimantara Cups after the first corporate sponsor of the Championships. This name continued until 2010.
Primarily envisaged as a development-based event, the tournament attracted a wide variety of nations. It is the first opportunity for talented young badminton players to represent their country in a world event, to experience top level competition and perhaps put them on the pathway towards becoming one of the stars of the future.