Pictured: Grant Manzoney, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced the Para Badminton Tournament Calendar for 2021.
The Spanish Para Badminton International to be staged in May 2021 will serve as the last qualification tournament for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
|13||29 Mar–4 Apr||3rd Fazza–Dubai Para Badminton International||Dubai|
|19||10–16 May||Spanish Para Badminton International||Cartagena|
|25||21-27 Jun||Irish Para Badminton International||Dublin|
|35||1-5 Sept||Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games||Tokyo|
|TBC||TBC||Peru Para Badminton International||Lima|
|43||25–31 Oct||BWF Para Badminton World Championships||Tokyo|
|46||15-21 Nov||Uganda Para Badminton International||Kampala|
|49||5-9 Dec||Asian Youth Para Games||Manama|
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said the main priority was to ensure the completion of the last qualification tournament for the Tokyo Paralympic Games and to maximise participation.
“We are fully aware that the lack of international Para badminton tournament activity has been challenging for all players, and very frustrating. We thank the playing group for their patience, support and cooperation in allowing us to form this calendar.
“The debut of Para badminton at the Tokyo Paralympic Games remains a key milestone for us, and BWF is committed to ensuring an inspirational first appearance on the Paralympic sports programme.
“COVID-19 has indeed been a barrier to the growth and development of Para badminton and the ability of players to participate in international competitions.
“But we are confident that with tournaments back on the horizon, and the prospect of seeing our players back on court, we can keep building international competition pathways for athletes, grow global participation and integrate Para badminton into BWF’s existing systems and structures during the COVID-19 era.”
The BWF will publish an updated qualification timeline after consultation with the International Paralympic Committee.