Badminton

This page draws together badminton-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics badminton.  View the Badminton Fact Sheet

Badminton is a sport that is enjoyed all around the world by millions of people of a wide range of ages. It is a sport that explores speed changes, reaction time demands, muscular strength and endurance challenges, and is heart-pumping fun. This newly identified Olympic Sport offers benefits to all who pick up a racket and a shuttle for a test outing on the court.


Badminton Stories and News


March 04, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

2014 European Games in 85 seconds

By Anouk Van Hoofstadt

The 2014 European Games Organising Committee has produced a captive videographic which explains everything you wanted to know about the upcoming Summer Games in just 85 seconds.View Story The 2014 European Games Organising Committee has produced a captive videographic which explains everything you wanted to know about the upcoming Summer Games in just 85 seconds. Viewers are given all the facts and figures to an event that has been termed "Games of the Heart". 2000 athletes from 58 countries will participate in eight days of competitions from September 13 - 20. The 10 sports include: Adaptive activities, aquatics, artistic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, bocce, cycling, football, judo, table tennis and Unified Basketball and will take place across six venues in the Belgium town of Antwerp. The athletes will be supported by 1,000 coaches, 4,000 volunteers, 300 officials, 300 medical staff and 2,500 family members.

About Anouk Van Hoofstadt:I work in the Communications and Media team on the 2014 European Games Organising Committee.
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September 03, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Sri Lanka

I Am Proud of My Special Child

By K P G Sirisena

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As parents of child with an intellectual disability, we intend to share our own experiences for the purpose of their welfare. Also we wish to bring to your notice how to socialize and obtain optimum benefits from their potentials.View Story Special Olympics has changed our lives immensely. As parents of child with an intellectual disability, we intend to share our own experiences for the purpose of their welfare. Also we wish to bring to your notice how to socialize and obtain optimum benefits from their potentials. We would like to bring forward the manner that we socialized our eldest son Sahana Pradeepa Palliyaguru, who was born in 1986. We learned of his intellectual disability through the doctors. Henceforth we had to pay special attention to him. There is a general view in the society that if parents are gifted with a child with an intellectual disability, they are scared to give birth to other children thinking that they also become same. But making that opinion a false one, we were fortunate to be gifted with three more children. In Sri Lanka children are admitted to school at the age of 5. Likewise I admitted my child to a school with a special education unit. Being a teacher, his mother also got a transfer to the same school to give more attention him. We did a great sacrifice and we were totally devoted on behalf of him when compared to our other three children. Our child obtained various capacities through school. He won the hearts and became popular among principal, staff and the other students. He became popular among school community because he was law abiding and he possessed leadership qualities. He was very friendly and supporting and he was well-mannered. He had a special talent for dancing every concert in the children included his dancing item. He was clever at cricket and badminton. He played cricket and Bocce for Special Olympics Serendib team. He toured India with the Special Olympics cricket team in 2006 and 2009. The reason behind his skills competencies are the experiences exposed by us. We didn’t corner him or felt him a different person. We took him to the family and social functions, trips and picnics, function held in his sisters and brothers in schools. Due to that he grasped many things without much effort here his Alma matters Pamburana Shariputhra M/V always come to our mind and we are so much great full to it.

About K P G Sirisena:Am KPG Sirisena from Southern Province a father of four children. My Eldest son Sahana Palliyaguru is a special child who play cricket and Bocce for Special Olympics Serendib team. He toured India with the Special Olympics cricket team in 2006 and 2009. Am also attached to Special Olympics Serendib as the family coordinator. My second son also attached to Special Olympics Serendib as National Coach. Am so proud of them. Special Olympics has changed our lives immensely.
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August 29, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Sri Lanka

Miracle of Special Olympics

By Hemachandra Sellahewa

Special Olympics selected my daughter Hiruni for badminton and she began to practice badminton. Through her practice we realized that she has a great ability in badminton.View Story On 16th of November 1992 the birth of a girl gave greater happiness to our family. She was named Hiruni. She was late in her activities as an infant such as crawling, laughing and walking. She was under the treatments of a physiotherapist in order to improve her activities. At the age of 9 years, she was sent to the special education unit at the school to give her special care about her speaking and other abilities. As time passes, in 2006 we were informed about some sports activities by an organization called Special Olympics. We sent her to the training programmes conducted by them. Special Olympics conducted a sports festival in our city in 2006 she participated and won a gold medal. That time we got to know that there was some sort of energy in my daughter, not in her thinking ability but physically. Special Olympics selected my daughter for badminton and she began to practice badminton. Through her practice we realized that she has a great ability in badminton. Around that period we got some knowledge about Special Olympics such as its aims, who can take part in Special Olympics. Life lies in motion and the luck lies in courage. Now my daughter has achieved a lot through training and doing activities. In 2011 she was selected to participate in Special Olympics World Games in Greece. There she won a Gold medal in girl’s single event. It was a golden happiness to our family, to her school, to our village and to our motherland, Sri Lanka. This prize is very valuable to us and now she is beyond our wealth.So, I invite all the parents of intellectually disabled people, to join hands with Special Olympics. Because, through Special Olympics parents can try their best to support and help their children with intellectual disabilities to participate in the society rather than leaving them alone. My heartiest gratitude goes to the pioneers of this concept who provided such a big opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities in all around the world to show their power.

About Hemachandra Sellahewa:Am Hemachandra Sellahewa from Matara, South of Sri Lanka, A father of 3 daughters one of whom is a special child. Also the president of Family support network of special Olympics in Matara District and the Coordinator of Special Olympics sub Programme Matara District.
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Badminton Events


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Event

Location

May 9 - 10 2014

South Carolina State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Carolina on March 9th - 10th as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 2 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Columbia. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, swimming and under 21 bowling.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Ft. Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

June 20, 2014

Special Olympics Timor Leste National Games

The National Games will have five competition sports: athletics, bocce, table tennis, badminton and 5-aside football. From these Games, Timor Leste athletes will be selected for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
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Sebastiao do Rego Guterres
Email:sebaguterres@gmail.com
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Baucau
TIMOR-LESTE

August 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

Sep 8 - 10 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Karachi

Starting September 8, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Karachi. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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More Details
Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

Sep 28 - 30 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Lahore

Starting September 28th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Lahore. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

Oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
For more information
More Details
World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Badminton Competitions

2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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