B.C. Games athletes try out wheelchair badminton ahead of Paralympic debut

Wheelchair basketball and badminton give wheelchair badminton a shot

Athletes at the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games got together for a friendly match of para-badminton, which will make its’ debut at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

After competition ended for the day at the B.C. Winter Games on Feb. 24, athletes from badminton and wheelchair basketball came together to try the sport out.

In 2014, the International Paralympic Committee announced that Para-badminton was selected as one of the sports for the 2020 Paralympics.

“Badminton Canada has set the goal of winning a medal in Tokyo,” said Cindy Bruce, chair of Badminton Canada’s Para Badminton Committee.

“This championship was an important first step in reaching that goal. We look forward to building a world-class program for our Para-badminton athletes over the coming year.”

The 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo included for the first time.

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