London Paralympic Games

Opening Ceremony

Towards Tokyo 2020

In January 2015, the IPC announced the full programme  of sports for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The 22 sports are: athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, cycling, canoe, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.


Medal Events – Qualification for Tokyo 2020

Following the evaluation of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the IPC has communicated the process to determine the medal events for each sport for Tokyo 2020.

  • 10 February 2017 – BWF makes a first proposal to the IPC
  • March – May 2017 – the proposal is discussed and modified
  • June / July 2017 – the programme for badminton is finalised – IPC / BWF agree
  • July / August – IPC finalises the sports programme – 22 sports
  • 4 September 2017 – IPC confirms / announces the sports programme for Tokyo 2020
  • 1 January 2018 – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Qualification Guide published


Events and Qualification

Para-Badminton tournaments have 22 events at international tournaments. Its important to know that not all events will be in the final proposal. There is a limited number of places for each sport and a limited number of medal events.

The new sport for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games had 60 athletes each (30 men and 30 women) and if the IPC proposes similar numbers for new sports for Tokyo 2020 para-badminton, then we can of course not propose every event.

We need to be realistic with the proposal and focus on excellence, high performance, universality and gender equality.

Some of the principles to determine medal events for Tokyo 2020 are:

  1. Essence of badminton – showcasing our sport – singles / doubles / mixed doubles play
  2. Showcase excellence – this is about world class performances / high performance
  3. High entertainment value –  the most entertaining for spectators / broadcast
  4. Universality – ensuring diversity – impairment classes / regions of the world
  5. Equality  – has equal numbers of men / women competing in para-badminton



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