BWF seeks badminton’s inclusion at 2020 Paralympics

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has submitted a letter of intent for para-badminton to be considered for inclusion at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The BWF claims it is the first international federation to put forward a bid for inclusion at Tokyo 2020, adding that it presented the offer to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at its general assembly in November.

The deadline for initial expressions of interest expires on January 17, with the bidding process running through to November when the IPC Governing Board decides which sports will be showcased in the Tokyo edition of the Paralympic Games. All current sports on the Paralympic Games programme will be evaluated as part of the process for determining the sports for Tokyo 2020.

BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said: “The BWF has been working hard on developing para-badminton and building its player base since 2010 and this has included enhancing the classification system and the rules governing para-badminton. We strongly believe para-badminton has a lot to offer the global Paralympic family. Para-badminton – like badminton – has a wow factor and real spectator appeal at the elite level.”