Badminton is a great way to learn new skills, meet great people and keep in shape.
Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world – the current world record speed of a stroke in badminton is 421kmh. Badminton is an Olympic sport that has been part of the Olympic movement since 1992. Badminton has recently been admitted to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Badminton is a highly social sport that offers a great range of interactive options that can suit both the regular and casual player.
There have been nine World Championships to date, with the last taking place in Dortmund, Germany in 2013, which saw a record turnout of 235 athletes from 36 countries competing in 23 medal events.
Athletes compete in six different classes, with 45 countries across five regions currently practicing the sport.
Para-badminton has been competed in internationally since the 1990’s, with the first World Championships taking place in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, in 1998. But it wasn’t until 2011 that the sport was brought under the governance of the Badminton World Federation. Para-badminton players compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Players are classified into “Sport Classes” to ensure fairness in competition and these are below:
- Wheelchair Sport Classes
- Standing Sport Classes
- Short Stature Sport Class