Para Badminton

The Sport

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.


Para Badminton has been contested internationally since the 1990s, with the first World Championships taking place in Amersfoort, Netherlands, in 1998. But it was not until 2011 that the sport was brought under the governance of the Badminton World Federation.

Paralympic Debut

The sport will make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

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 including:

WH1 (Wheelchair/ severe impairment)

WH2 (Wheelchair/minor impairment)

SL3 (Standing/lower limb impairment/severe)

SL4 (Standing/ lower limb impairment/minor)

SU5 (Standing/upper limb impairment)

SH6 (Standing/short stature)


Impaired muscle power, Athetosis, Impaired passive range of movement, Hypertonia, Limb deficiency, Ataxia, Leg length difference, Short stature.

Iran Para 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.



Watch the introduction to Para Badminton on Paralympic Sports A-Z: Para Badminton


Related Links

Para Badminton in BWF

Para Badminton in IPC website