Para Badminton

(Courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee)

What's it all about?

Watch out for the “birdie”! Do you have the lightning-quick skill to serve, save and slam hits? Do you have the stamina to keep in a match with no time limit? If you answered yes, then you should definitely check out the debut of para badminton at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020!

How it's played

Things to watch for

two male para badminton players in wheelchairs fist bump before play
(Courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee)
Additional support
  • Competitors using wheelchairs can have several modifications made to their chairs to help them play their sport. 
  • There’s a lower backrest so they have the ability to be nimble (like the player above) to smash without any interference. 
  • See the small orange wheels? Those are extra caster wheels so the athlete doesn’t flip their chair while making their moves.
a male badminton player goes down on one knee while holding his racket
(Courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee)
Keep within the lines
  • If you want to score those points, you have to keep the shuttlecock (or birdie) within the lines of your opponent's court. 
  • Otherwise, your opponent will earn a point if it lands out of bounds!
a male badminton player lunges to be able to hit the birdie
(Courtesy of Canadian Olympic Committee)
Who calls the game?
  • Each game has a referee who will sit on a high chair to call the game. 
  • Line judges — like the guy in the red and white ball cap — sit on the sidelines of the court to monitor the game and be the eyes for the referee. 
  • They have a closer watch to see if the shuttlecock lands in or out of the boundaries. But ultimately, the referee will make the final call.