• Wheelchairs:
    The player's body may 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.
  • Limb prosthetics::
    A player may use prostheses in the SL3, SL4 and WH classes, but not in SU5 (arm impairment). All prostheses must have the same length as the existing limb of the player and be in proportion to the rest of the limbs.
  • Also, people with short stature may participate.



Para badminton is a sport that was adapted to be played by persons with physical impairment, with or without prosthesis, and by wheelchair users. It is governed by the same rules as badminton. However, the only two real adaptations are the wheelchair and the half-court L3 class.


This adaptation of badminton has been practiced since 1993 in Döttinchem (in the Netherlands), in sporting events between athletes with an impairment. Para badminton is a sport officially born in 2008 when it was incorporated by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as a priority for this sport’s development worldwide, promoting the training of athletes, coaches and classifiers. In 2013 the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) finally recognized this Para sport thanks to the federation’s efforts. Para badminton was included in the sports program in October 2014 and will make its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.