Badminton Becomes a Paralympic Sport12 February, 2015
BADMINTON INCLUDED FOR THE TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES
7 October 2014
BWF’s vision to be part of the Paralympic Games was realised when the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced in Berlin on 7 October 2014, that badminton was included as one of the first 16 sports selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
In making the announcement, Sir Philip Craven, IPC President singled out badminton and said “I would like to congratulate the 16 sports that we have already confirmed will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in particular badminton, who after missing out four years ago, submitted a very strong application”.
“The IPC looks forward to working with the Badminton World Federation over the coming years to manage their smooth transition into the 2020 sports programme”.
One Sport – One Team was the theme for the technical application submitted in July 2014 and the bid presentation in Berlin to the IPC Governing Board 5 October 2014. The theme highlighted that badminton is a sport for all, a sport for everyone and BWF is the one body governing for both badminton and para-badminton.
BWF had been unsuccessful in its previous application in 2010 to be a part of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Following that application, the BWF Council committed to a range of strategic goals. The key focuses 2010 – 2014 were:
- ointegrating para-badminton into the BWF governance structure and creating a Council position - Vice President Para-Badminton.
- oemploying staff to manage the day to day activities for para-badminton.
- orevamping the classification system / regulations and the competition regulations.
- obuilding the player base and participation in at least three regions.
- oenhancing the international competition structure.
- otraining and developing people in the system.
There are six Sport Classes in para-badminton and eligible players with a physical impairment are classified into one of these classes for competition. Para-badminton athletes compete in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
- WH 1-Wheelchair Class 1
- WH 2-Wheelchair Class 2
- SL 3-Standing Lower Class 3
- SL 4-Standing Lower Class 4
- SU 5-Standing Upper Class 5
- SS 6-Short Stature Class 6