Sports Summary

Badminton will make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020. The sport is open for male and female athletes with a physical impairment to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.

Badminton is governed internationally by the Badminton World Federation. In Australia, Badminton Australia is the National Federation.

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Events & Disciplines

Para-badminton athletes compete in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.


Who is eligible?

Athletes with a physical impairment.

What are the classes?

Athletes who use a wheelchair to compete are in classes WH1 & WH2;

Athletes with a lower limb impairment who play standing compete in classes SL3 & SL4;

Athletes with an upper limb impairment who play standing compete in class SU5; and

Athletes with Short Stature compete in class SS6

Classification Masterlist

Badminton Australia manages the National Para-badminton Classification Masterlist.

More: Para-badminton Classification Information Sheet (updated Oct 2019)

Rules & Equipment

The Court:

The badminton court shall be 13.400m in overall length and 6.100m in overall width.  Players in classes WH1, WH2, and SL3 compete on the singles court.  All remaining classes and doubles events use the full court.


The shuttle shall be made of natural and / or synthetic materials. From whatever material the shuttle is made, the flight characteristics generally shall be similar to those produced by a natural feathered shuttle with a cork base covered by a thin layer of leather.


The racket shall be a frame not exceeding 680 mm in overall length and 230 mm in overall width consisting of a handle, shaft, throat, head and stringed area.


  • A match shall consist of the best of three games.
  • A game shall be won by the side which first scores 21 points, except;
    • If the score becomes 20-all, the side which gains a two point lead first, shall win that game, or,
    • If the score becomes 29-all, the side scoring the 30th point shall win that game.
  • The player who wins the game shall serve first in the next.

Additional Equipment for Para-badminton:

For Para-badminton, a wheelchair or a crutch may be used.

This is a basic summary of the Rules and Equipment for Para-badminton. For more information, please refer to the Laws of Badminton, provided by Badminton World Federation.


We encourage those wishing to explore Para-badminton to contact their state federation in the first instance. The national federation link below provides information on the national high performance program leading to competing internationally and at the Paralympic Games.

National Federation
Organisation Website
Badminton Australia
State Federations
State Organisation Website
ACT ACT Badminton Association
NSW Badminton NSW
NT NT Badminton Association
QLD QLD Badminton Association
SA South Australian Badminton Association
TAS Northern Tasmanian Badminton Association
Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association
VIC Badminton VIC
WA Badminton WA