Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

HULIC DAIHATSU Japan Para Badminton International 2019: A Test Event for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The HULIC DAIHATSU Japan Para Badminton International 2019, held as the official Test Event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, provided an excellent opportunity for players, officials, and organizers to test the venue for the badminton competition. This event showcased the Yoyogi National Stadium, which has been refurbished for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Excitement Surrounding Para Badminton at Tokyo 2020

Para badminton will be making its debut on the Paralympic sports programme at Tokyo 2020, much to the delight of badminton enthusiasts. BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund expressed his excitement and the significance of this landmark occasion for the sport. Japan, known for hosting top-notch tournaments, serves as the perfect backdrop for the presentation of the Paralympic disciplines.

The Renovated Yoyogi National Stadium

Originally built for the 1964 Summer Olympics, the Yoyogi National Stadium has undergone significant upgrades to accommodate modern sporting needs, especially for Para athletes. The stadium’s suspension roof design has garnered international acclaim. With a seating capacity exceeding 10,000, the spacious gymnasium provides a unique and awe-inspiring experience for Para badminton players.

Yoyogi National Stadium
Image: It was a new experience for the players competing in such a big hall.

Positive Feedback from Players

Leading Japanese player Sarina Satomi, expressed her enthusiasm for playing at the Yoyogi National Stadium, describing it as akin to playing at the real Paralympics. Normally, Para badminton events are held in smaller stadiums, making the opportunity to compete in this grand venue all the more special. The Yoyogi National Stadium will host both wheelchair rugby and Para badminton during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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AirBadminton Introduced in Japan

In addition to the Para badminton event, the BWF also introduced AirBadminton to Japan for the first time. Over 1,200 able-bodied and Para players, volunteers, and spectators participated in this outdoor activation. The AirBadminton court and supply of AirShuttles will remain in Tokyo for future AirBadminton activities, benefitting the Japan Para Badminton Federation, Nippon Badminton Association, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee.

Outdoor AirBadminton
Image: This outdoor AirBadminton court will now stay in Japan.

Conclusion

The HULIC DAIHATSU Japan Para Badminton International 2019 served as a crucial Test Event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, allowing participants to experience the renovated Yoyogi National Stadium. With Para badminton making its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the inclusion of this sport expands opportunities for players and strengthens the badminton community. The positive feedback from players and the introduction of AirBadminton further contribute to the success of this event.

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