classification

Para badminton players compete in singles (men/women), doubles (men/women) and mixed doubles. The rules and regulations for Para badminton are based on standard 'Laws of Badminton' and take into account the specific needs of players ‘Sport Class’.

To ensure fairness in competition, Para-Badminton classifies athletes into 6 sporting classes which are as follow –

  • Wheelchair Sport Classes – WH1 and WH2
  • Standing Sport Classes – SL3, SL4 and SU5
  • Short Stature Sport Class – SS6

Wheelchair 1 (WH1)

Players in this class require a wheelchair to play badminton. Players in this class usually have impairment in both lower limbs and trunk function.

Standing Lower 3 (SL3)

Players in this class must play standing. Players in this class usually have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance.

Standing Upper 5 (SU5)

Players in this class must play standing. Players in this class have impairment of the upper limbs. The impairment could be in the playing or non-playing hand.

Wheelchair 2 (WH2)

Players in this class require a wheelchair to play badminton. Players in this class could have impairment (less than WH1) in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no impairment of the trunk.

Standing Lower 4 (SL4)

Players in this class must play standing. Players in this class could have impairment (less than SL3) in one or both lower limbs and minimal impairment in walking/running balance.

Short Stature 6 (SS6)

Players in this class have a short stature due to a genetic condition often referred to as “dwarfism”.

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