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The way to the Paralympics

  • At the IBAD Annual General Meeting, the President stated that there is a good contact with IBF and they hope for a good cooperation.
  • It is also the wish of IBF to help IBAD to reach the Paralympics 2008. Now IBAD has to try to fulfil the criteria.
  • IBAD will have a meeting with Juan Palou (IPC).
  • 2005
  • A meeting was held at the IBF headquarters in Cheltenham on 14 July, attended by Jim Frere and Jim Mackay on behalf of IBAD and Torsten Berg and Lindsey Bell on behalf of the IBF.
  • The aim of this meeting was to produce an IBAD/IBF presentation which was forwarded to IPC headquarters in early September for recognition of Para Badminton as a Paralympic sport.
  • 2007
  • At the end of the year, a BWF-IBAD application for inclusion in the London 2012 Paralympic Games was submitted, but was not successful. (For reasons see under 2008)
  • 2008

    IBAD, BWF and Paralympics: The actual starting point

  • In December 2007 and twice in January 2008, IBAD wrote to member countries to request information needed to be accepted into the IPC and the Paralympic Games. Despite repeated requests, the response rate was less than 40 per cent!
  • The IPC also criticised the fact that most of the countries on the list did not regularly participate in tournaments. This was one of the reasons why Para Badminton was not included for the 2012 Paralympics.

  • With a newly formed board, the topic of the Paralympics was tackled with renewed energy.

  • On 6 October, Torsten Berg (BWF Vice President) contacted Paul Kurzo (IBAD's Interim President) by phone. Only three days later they met in Lausanne / Switzerland, the European representation of the BWF, for first talks.
  • BWF and IBAD now want to have constant contact and work together to achieve Paralympic status.
  • 2009
  • On 14 January, Torsten Berg and Günther Huber met with David Grevemberg, Executive Director for Sport at the IPC.
  • 2010
  • The PBWF bid for inclusion in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was not successful.
  • A big disadvantage here was that Para Badminton was not yet fully integrated into BWF
  • 2012
  • An additional accompanying action to be accepted as a Paralympic sport was the adjustment of the sports classes. These were reduced from 12 to 6 in 2012. These newly introduced classes are still in place today.
  • 2014
  • On 12 June, the IF meeting at the IPC headquarters in Bonn was attended by the following people from BWF: Poul-Erik Høyer - President, Paul Kurzo - Vice President Para-Badminton, Dr Silvia Albrecht - Head of Classification, Günter Klützke - Para-Badminton Commission and Stuart Borrie - Director of Operations.
  • Various things were discussed with the IPC representatives, including a number of possible scenarios for integration for Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
  • The meeting was seen as very positive overall by both sides.
  • Para Badminton and Taekwondo were the only new summer sports federations selected by the IPC to participate in Phase II of the process. This ended with the submission of the application on 25 July 2014.

  • On 5 October, the various IFs were allowed to present their sport to the IPC Governing Board.
  • For BWF, the following people were involved in the presentation: Poul-Erik Høyer - President, Paul Kurzo - Vice President Para-Badminton and Stuart Borrie - Director of Operations.
  • On 6 and 7 October, the IPC Governing Board deliberated on the final line-up of sports for Tokyo 2020.

  • On 14 October, we received notification from IPC that our bid to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics was successful.
    IPC announces the first 16 sports for Tokyo 2020 - Badminton is included
  • 2015
  • On 31 January, IPC announces the sports for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
  • In mid-November, Poul-Erik Høyer - BWF President and Paul Kurzo - BWF Vice President Para Badminton attended the IPC General Assembly in Mexico City.
  • One of the items on the agenda was the formal vote to accept BWF as a new member. Until now, BWF was only a provisional member of IPC.
  • BWF was confirmed as a member along with three other International Sports Federations and nine other organisations
  • On 15 November, the IPC General Assembly in Mexico City confirmed BWF as a new IPC member.
  • 2017
  • On 4 September – Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medal event programme announced
  • 2021
  • On 19 November - Paris 2024 Paralympic Medal Events Programme and Athletes Quotas announced