Stressing on speed, physical fitness and changing techniques, Para badminton comprises wheelchair and standing classes. It will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Classification, based on the athlete’s range of mobility, muscle strength, balance, racket control and other functional abilities, comprises two wheelchair classes (WH1 and WH2) and four standing classes (SL3 and SL4 for lower limbs, SU5 for upper limb and SH6 for short stature).
While Para badminton competition is conducted on a standard badminton court, the competition area will be adjusted for wheelchair and lower limbs classes. Except for wheelchair class events, competition rules for Para badminton are the same as those for regular badminton. In international events,, competitions are usually divided into two stages – Pool and Elimination rounds. A match consists of the best of three games of 21 points; the player winning a rally shall add a point to its score. Standing class athletes will compete on either wooden or rubber floor while wheelchair athletes will compete on wooden court only for the purpose of better wheelchair control.
For more details, please visit the website of Badminton World Federation (BWF): http://bwfcorporate.com/para-badminton.