One sport - One team

Badminton is a Sport for All

Para-Badminton World Championships 2015

Bartlomiej Mroz (POL) - SU 5 - Silver Medalist

Para-Badminton World Championships 2015

Krysten Coombs & Jack Shephard (ENG) - SS 6 - Gold Medallists

Para-Badminton World Championships 2015

Karin Suter-Erath (SUI) - WH 1 - Bronze Medallist


Badminton is a Paralympic sport. Badminton will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The BWF is a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The IPC recognises the BWF as the world governing body for para-badminton.

Badminton is a sport for all, an accessible sport for boys and girls, men and women and for people with a physical impairment. Badminton is a sport for everyone. BWF is responsible for regulating, promoting and developing para-badminton globally.

BWF promotes a one sport – one team philosophy – badminton and para-badminton together.


Main Focus

To regulate, promote and develop the sport globally. This is achieved through partnerships with a range of stakeholders including BWF members, the five Continental Confederations and its commercial and media partners as well as National Paralympic Committees and organisations or support sport for people with a physical impairment.


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.
  • 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.
  • Short Stature SS 6
    These are players who have a short stature due to a genetic condition often referred to as “dwarfism”.

Focuses for Development – Towards Tokyo 2020


To continue to integrate para-badminton into the badminton structures and systems at the world, continental and national levels.


To increase the player base globally.


To increase the quality of elite play to ensure world class performances across all Sport Classes.


To have a strong competition structure with international events being hosted regularly in each region.


To have a comprehensive rules system and well qualified technical officials to implement the rules governing classification and competitions

Values of Sport, Ethics and Fair Play

To implement values- based education programmes and an ‘intelligent’ anti-doping testing programme – both in and out of competition.


To raise the visibility of para-badminton internally and externally and to promote badminton as part of a sport for all, a sport for everyone.

Every athlete is classified into one of the six Sport Classes before they can compete at an international level. This ensures that athletes compete in groups which take into account how their physical impairment affects their performance as a badminton player.


Syahmi Sabron

Para-Badminton Officer