Para badminton will make its debut at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Para badminton has been contested internationally since the 1990s, with the first Para-badminton World Championships taking place in the Netherlands in 1998, but it was not until 2011 that the sport was brought under the governance of the Badminton World Federation. Like its Olympic counterpart, para badminton is popular all over the world, with the game being played in over 60countries worldwide.
Depending on the impairment, para badminton can be played standing or in a wheelchair. Controlling the wheelchair requires great skill and precision during explosive matches.
Brief overview of the rules
Just like able-bodied athletes, para badminton players compete in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles. Matches are played on a standard basketball court, but the size can be adapted for certain categories, such as wheelchair singles matches, where half the court is used. Matches consist of three games of 21 points and the first side to win two games wins the match.
Players are divided into six classes – four standing and two wheelchair – depending on the impairment. When an athlete hits the shuttlecock, some part of their torso must always be in contact with the seat of their wheelchair.
Orthopaedic impairments, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, cerebral palsy, degenerative neurological disorders, neurological disabilities.
Badminton World Federation (BWF): www.bwfbadminton.com