Years of wait will end today as badminton features for the first time ever at the Paralympic Games.
As excitement builds towards the first match, let’s have a look at the numbers involved.
3 – Paralympic Games appearances for Karin Suter-Erath (SUI), who competed in wheelchair tennis at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
7 – Gold medals won by China at the 2019 World Championships in Basel, Switzerland – the most of any National Paralympic Committee (NPC).
13 – Players from Japan, the most of any NPC.
14 – Events: Seven for men, six for women, one mixed.
15 – Age of Beatriz Monteiro (POR), the youngest player in the competition.
20 – World Championship medals won by Lee Sam Seop (KOR) – 14 gold and six silver.
28 – NPCs represented at Tokyo 2020.
47 – Average age of the seven players representing Korea.
50 – Percentage of the court used in the SL3 singles and Wheelchair 1 and 2 singles.
57 – Age of Thomas Wandschneider (GER), the oldest player in the competition.
90 – Players competing in badminton at Tokyo 2020.
1998 – Year the first Para badminton World Championships were held in the Netherlands.