The final list of qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games badminton competition has been confirmed.
A total of 46 male and 44 female players representing 28 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the five Continental Confederations have been selected.
Beatrix Monteiro of Portugal (SU5) is the youngest competitor at 15 years of age, while 57-year-old Thomas Wandschneider of Germany (WH1) is the oldest.
The draws for the 14 events for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Badminton Competition will be held on Thursday 26 August 2021 in Tokyo.
Host nation Japan is represented by 13 players. For Japan’s Para badminton queen and mother of two, Yuma Yamazaki, not only will she be one of the many proud Japanese enjoying the prestige of competing at a home Paralympics, but she’ll be vying for the honour of becoming the first Paralympic gold medallist in her event.
“My aim is to be the first gold medallist at my first Paralympics,” she said. As a proud Tokyo local, Yamazaki is also aware of the importance of Para badminton’s debut at the Paralympics Games and the potential legacy it will leave in Japan and around the world.
“Through the success of Tokyo 2020, I hope the number of Para badminton athletes increases. I want to play in more different types of matches against more opponents, so I really hope we can we can get a bigger population playing.”
Competition runs from 1-5 September at the Yoyogi National Stadium.