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Para-badminton stars embrace parallel World Championships

History is about to be made on the world’s sporting stage.

For the first ever time, the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships and TOTAL BWF Para-Badminton World Championships will be hosted simultaneously.
From 20 to 25 August, the Para-Badminton event will be held in halls 2 and 3 of the St. Jakobshalle in Basel.

Ahead of the sport making its Paralympic debut next year in Tokyo, this is a momentous step towards equality and our Team GB hopefuls cannot wait to get on court next week.

The draw is due to take place on Sunday 18 August with world number one and two in the SS6 classification, Jack Shephard and Krysten Coombs, hot favourites for success in Switzerland.

They will be joined by teammates Martin Rooke (WH2) and Daniel Bethell (SL3) in the competition, which gets underway on Tuesday.
Our England players, who train at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, will be keen to put in some strong performances as they continue their Paralympic qualification journey.

Head Coach Richard Morris said: “The team are in good shape heading into the Worlds. I think it’s been our best preparation into a major event to date. I’m looking forward to seeing the players on the big stage.

“Having both World Championships on the same week is huge for the sport and great exposure for Para-Badminton.

“I believe it will open people’s eyes to what Para-Badminton is and I honestly think they will like what they see.

“Watching the sport that you love being played at a world-class level by someone who has a disability is incredibly impressive.”