Para badminton will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
It is a sport which can be played by both men and women of any age with a physical impairment. It is a growing sport that is attracting more and more participants every year both competitively and socially. Players compete in singles (men/women), doubles (men/women) and mixed doubles.
Para badminton is characterised by lightning quick rallies, power, timing, and perfect shot selection. Athletes can employ a wide variety of shots, from high-impact smashes that send the shuttlecock travelling at great speeds, to pace-changing drop shots that slows the game down, offering an exciting back and forth spectacle.
Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.