Para Badminton

Para Badminton

Badminton, which is known as a sport for all, made its first Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020 and will also be on the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games programme.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the world governing body for badminton.


This sport has been a regular fixture since 2010 in Iran, and the first local competition was delivered in the same year. Team Iran made its first international appearance in 2012 in South Korea, and now has 18 active provincial clubs across the country.


Para badminton Sport Classes / Events

As in badminton, Para badminton athletes compete in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Athletes are classified into “Sport Classes” to ensure fairness in competition. In Para badminton there are six Sport Classes.

Wheelchair 1 WH 1

Players in this class requires a wheelchair to play badminton. Players in this Sport Class usually have impairment in both lower limbs and trunk function.

Wheelchair 2 WH 2

A player in this class could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no impairment of the trunk. Players are required to play on a wheelchair in this class.

Standing Lower SL 3

In this class a player must play standing. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance.

Standing Lower SL 4

A second standing class where the player has a lesser impairment compared to Sport Class SL 3. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal impairment in walking/running balance.

Standing Upper SU 5

The player in this class has impairment of the upper limbs. The impairment could be on the playing or non-playing hand.

Short Stature SH 6

These are players who have a short stature due to a genetic condition often referred to as “dwarfism”.



Watch the introduction to Para Badminton on Paralympic TV.


Related Links

Para Badminton in BWF

Para Badminton in IPC website