Tokyo 2020 on the Horizon

Tokyo will stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the second occasion, with the previous time being in 1964. Tokyo 2020 will be a special edition with Para badminton making its debut at the Paralympic Games.

Badminton Competition
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza

25 July – 3 August 2020

Qualification Period

29 April 2019 – 26 April 2020

172 athletes

86 men / 86 women

5 medal events

10 days of competition

 

Para badminton Competition
Yoyogi National Stadium

2 – 6 September 2020

Qualification Period

1 January 2019 – 29 March 2020

90 athletes

46 men / 44 women

14 medal events

5 days of competition

 

In 2018, BWF finalised the last of the regulations related to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games qualification process. The ‘Road to Tokyo’ began in 2018, with all important world ranking tournaments a prime opportunity for athletes to position themselves for the start of the qualification period.

The Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open 2018 was also staged at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic badminton venue – Musashino Forest Sport Plaza – with local hero Kento Momota adding to his TOTAL BWF World Championships crown he secured a month earlier.

Overall, it was a successful year for Japan, with their women winning their first World Women’s Team Championships in 37 years, as the host nation builds towards a strong showing at Tokyo 2020.


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved BWF’s qualification criteria for participants of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with Monday 29 April 2019 marking the start of the qualification period which runs until Sunday 26 April 2020.

The BWF ranking lists of Thursday 30 April 2020 will be used to determine the qualifiers.

All athletes must have played in a minimum of three tournaments in their respective category counting towards the world ranking lists during the Olympic qualifying period and be registered in the world ranking lists of 30 April 2020.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The past year saw some major announcements regarding Para badminton’s debut at the Paralympics.

A total of 90 Para badminton players – 46 male and 44 female – will head to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, competing in 14 medal events: seven for males, six for females, and one mixed category (SL 3 – SU 5 Mixed Doubles).

Para badminton qualifying began on 1 January 2019, with athletes having until 29 March 2020 to book their places for the historic showpiece.

The Japan Para badminton International 2019 in November 2019 will be the official test event with the competition hosted in the Para badminton Competition venue Yoyogi National Stadium.

Olympic and Paralympic News

New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

30 March 2020
BWF Responds to Tokyo 2020 Postponement

BWF Responds to Tokyo 2020 Postponement

25 March 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Postponed

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Postponed

24 March 2020
COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

20 March 2020
IOC Issues Communique on Tokyo 2020

IOC Issues Communique on Tokyo 2020

18 March 2020
‘Scarred’ Momota Dreaming of Olympic Glory Again

‘Scarred’ Momota Dreaming of Olympic Glory Again

9 March 2020
Badminton Asia Championships Moved To Manila

Badminton Asia Championships Moved To Manila

4 March 2020
IOC President Confident of Successful Olympics

IOC President Confident of Successful Olympics

4 March 2020
Olympic Qualifier in Portugal Called Off

Olympic Qualifier in Portugal Called Off

2 March 2020
‘Big Teams Are Taking Us More Seriously’

‘Big Teams Are Taking Us More Seriously’

28 February 2020
BWF Statement on Postponement of Vietnam International Challenge

BWF Statement on Postponement of Vietnam International Challenge

25 February 2020
Countdown to Glory – Five Months to Go

Countdown to Glory – Five Months to Go

25 February 2020
‘She Thought I was Joking About Pairing Up’

‘She Thought I was Joking About Pairing Up’

19 February 2020
Bold Predictions for 2020

Bold Predictions for 2020

15 February 2020
Sindhu’s New Strength is her Presence of Mind

Sindhu’s New Strength is her Presence of Mind

13 February 2020
Beyond the Numbers Game

Beyond the Numbers Game

12 February 2020
Sabrina Jaquet: Seeking Rhythm

Sabrina Jaquet: Seeking Rhythm

11 February 2020
Ho-Shue: Primed for a Twin Challenge

Ho-Shue: Primed for a Twin Challenge

7 February 2020
Mahmoud Hangs On Despite Challenges

Mahmoud Hangs On Despite Challenges

3 February 2020
BWF Statement on Postponement of Lingshui China Masters

BWF Statement on Postponement of Lingshui China Masters

1 February 2020
Gicquel & Delrue: Rapid Ascent

Gicquel & Delrue: Rapid Ascent

30 January 2020
Thai Triumph Provides Fillip for Ellis & Smith in Olympic Year

Thai Triumph Provides Fillip for Ellis & Smith in Olympic Year

28 January 2020
A Leap Up for Thygesen & Fruergaard

A Leap Up for Thygesen & Fruergaard

22 January 2020
Tokyo Legends Inspiring Current Stars

Tokyo Legends Inspiring Current Stars

21 December 2019
Stoevas Seek Form After Disruption

Stoevas Seek Form After Disruption

25 November 2019
Olympic Champ Carolina Marin Returns

Olympic Champ Carolina Marin Returns

11 September 2019
Pan Am Champs Seek to Sharpen Skills

Pan Am Champs Seek to Sharpen Skills

5 September 2019
IOC President Fascinated with Badminton Finals

IOC President Fascinated with Badminton Finals

29 August 2019
Miyuki Maeda Revels in New Role

Miyuki Maeda Revels in New Role

9 August 2019
Olympic Fever in Tokyo

Olympic Fever in Tokyo

27 July 2019
One Year To Tokyo 2020: Players’ Thumbs-Up for Olympics Venue

One Year To Tokyo 2020: Players’ Thumbs-Up for Olympics Venue

24 July 2019
Olympic Dreams Spur On Refugee Champ Mahmoud

Olympic Dreams Spur On Refugee Champ Mahmoud

12 July 2019
Aram Mahmoud Receives IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship

Aram Mahmoud Receives IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship

21 June 2019
Michelle Li – Playing with Pain on Road to Tokyo

Michelle Li – Playing with Pain on Road to Tokyo

11 June 2019
‘Competition Against Great Players Brought Out Best in Me’ – Bang Soo Hyun

‘Competition Against Great Players Brought Out Best in Me’ – Bang Soo...

6 June 2019
What We Have Learned – Road To Tokyo

What We Have Learned – Road To Tokyo

29 May 2019
Timely Reward for Christie

Timely Reward for Christie

6 May 2019
‘Ygor’ for Success in Tokyo!

‘Ygor’ for Success in Tokyo!

30 April 2019
And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

29 April 2019
Fighting To Be Fit Again

Fighting To Be Fit Again

28 April 2019
Badminton Olympic Competition Schedule Announced

Badminton Olympic Competition Schedule Announced

16 April 2019
Lee Chong Wei in Search of Olympic miracle

Lee Chong Wei in Search of Olympic miracle

16 April 2019
New Lustre to the Legend

New Lustre to the Legend

10 April 2019
Tai Undecided on Retirement Post Tokyo 2020

Tai Undecided on Retirement Post Tokyo 2020

8 April 2019
Somerville/Mapasa Seek to Cover Lost Ground

Somerville/Mapasa Seek to Cover Lost Ground

5 April 2019
Comeback Man Parupalli Targets Tokyo 2020

Comeback Man Parupalli Targets Tokyo 2020

2 April 2019
Women Trailblazers – Rio Flashback

Women Trailblazers – Rio Flashback

23 March 2019
New Era Set to Dawn – Road To Tokyo

New Era Set to Dawn – Road To Tokyo

23 March 2019
YOG Stars to Watch – Road To Tokyo

YOG Stars to Watch – Road To Tokyo

22 March 2019