- Published on 27 February 2015
Special Olympics Badminton players demonstrate the development of hand-eye coordination, muscular strength and endurance, and quick footwork. Badminton players have to manage reaction time demands, speed and endurance challenges.
In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. These skills include strokes, serves and volleys. A player's final score is determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of the events.
Special Olympics athletes can also participate in Unified Sports® Badminton doubles and mixed doubles events. Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports Badminton, a doubles team would consist of one Special Olympics athlete and one partner.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Badminton was introduced in 1995 at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Connecticut.
At the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games, 47 athletes competed in doubles events, 70 in mixed doubles, 9 in singles and 5 in Individual Skills Competitions.
The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, featured 107 Special Olympics athletes from 24 Programs participating in badminton competition.
Badminton was not featured at MENA regional games however 3 athletes from Lebanon and Morocco competed in 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland.
Today there are 2799 athletes from MENA Programs competing in badminton.
Doubles and Mixed Doubles
Unified Sports Doubles and Mixed Doubles
The following events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels: