Parapan American Games

Para badminton

Para badminton

Para badminton

Currently, Para badminton has been divided into three classes: wheelchair badminton, with torso function impairment (class 1) and no torso function impairment (class 2); standing badminton, with impairments in the lower part of the body (classes 3 and 4), with impairments in the upper part of the body (class 5), or with achondroplasia (class 6); and sitting badminton.

To practice this sport, a net is placed at 1.37-1.40 m high from the court’s surface. When a Para athlete strikes a shuttlecock (or birdie), the player’s upper limb must be in contact with the seat of the chair. In case a Para athlete has difficulties to coordinate, it is recommended to use ties and attach the racket to the participant’s wrist to allow the propulsion of the chair by hand. To win the match, the participants (singles or doubles) must win two of three sets. Each partial is composed of 21 points, and the winner must have at least two units of difference. If both contestants score 29 points, the first one to reach 30 will win.

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Para badminton will make its debut at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games and will be introduced as an official Olympic sport at Tokyo 2020 for the first time. 

The Peruvian national team has multiple achievements and each athlete plays a special role in the rise of our country in this sport. Our delegation is full of inspiring success stories such as the ones of Pedro Pablo da Vinatea and Pilar Jáuregui. Da Vinatea obtained 3rd place in the world ranking in 2011. He has not only claimed the world badminton title, but has also won the Pan Am badminton championship twice. Besides, Jáuregui bagged the gold medal in women’s singles WH2, as well as the bronze in mixed doubles. Both Para athletes are examples of success, who leave us a message of hope and pride. Thanks to all of them, we are looking forward to reach a spot on the Lima 2019 podium.

History

Currently, Para badminton has been divided into three classes: wheelchair badminton, with torso function impairment (class 1) and no torso function impairment (class 2); standing badminton, with impairments in the lower part of the body (classes 3 and 4), with impairments in the upper part of the body (class 5), or with achondroplasia (class 6); and sitting badminton.

To practice this sport, a net is placed at 1.37-1.40 m high from the court’s surface. When a Para athlete strikes a shuttlecock (or birdie), the player’s upper limb must be in contact with the seat of the chair. In case a Para athlete has difficulties to coordinate, it is recommended to use ties and attach the racket to the participant’s wrist to allow the propulsion of the chair by hand. To win the match, the participants (singles or doubles) must win two of three sets. Each partial is composed of 21 points, and the winner must have at least two units of difference. If both contestants score 29 points, the first one to reach 30 will win.

Terminology

Wheelchair: The player's body can be attached to the wheelchair with a strap around the waist, the legs or both.
Crutch: A player with leg amputation may use the crutch, which cannot exceed the natural height of the player from the height to the ground.
Extremity prostheses: A player may use prostheses in the SL3, SL4, WH categories but it is not allowed in the SU5 category (arm impairment). All prostheses must have the same length as the existing limb of the player and be in proportion to the rest of their limbs.
Drive: A fast, low, near-horizontal shot over the net.
Drop: A shot hit softly and so quickly that it lands close to the net on the opponent’s side.
Rally: An exchange of shots while the shuttle is in play.
Shuttlecock (birdie): The feathered projectile that is struck by the player’s racquet.
Smash: A hard shot hit downward into the opponent’s court.

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