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The tournament structure for Para Badminton at an international level is as follows:

  • Para Badminton World Championships
  • Continental Championships
  • International Tournaments


Para Badminton World Championships are hosted every two years (on odd numbered years – 2019 / 2021 / 2023). The Para Badminton World Championships has limited entries and qualifiers are determined by the BWF.


Continental Championships are sanctioned by the BWF and these Continental Championships are hosted every two years (on even numbered years – 2014 / 2016 / 2018 etc.). The Championships are “closed international tournaments”. Each Continental Championships is restricted to the nations / BWF Members for that particular Continental Confederation.


International Tournaments
These are open tournaments and are designated “classifier training tournaments”. These generally are larger tournaments where classifier training also takes place


Classification at Tournaments
Not all BWF sanctioned Para badminton tournaments will have International Classifiers to classify new players. Players entering tournaments should read the invitations carefully before entering the tournament. More information on classification is available on the BWF website – Linked here.


Para Badminton Tournament Structure 2022 onwards

At the 2020 Council meeting in Lausanne, the BWF Council approved a new tournament structure for international Para Badminton tournaments. Originally scheduled to start in 2021, it was postponed due to COVID-19. BWF plans to start the circuit in 2022.

The new structure from 2022 consists of these Grades and Levels. Para Badminton World Ranking points are awarded to players based on the Grade and Level of the tournament each player competes in, with Grade 2 Level 1 having a higher amount of points than Levels 2 & 3.

Grade 1

BWF Major Events

  • Paralympic Games
  • Para Badminton World Championships

Grade 2

BWF Para Badminton World Circuit

  • Level 1 – Para Badminton International – Max 6 tournaments
  • Level 2 – Para Badminton International – Unlimited tournaments
  • Level 3 – Para Badminton International – Max 3 tournaments


  • Continental Championships
  • Regional Multisport Events
    • Parapan American Games
    • Asian Para Games

BWF will also introduce new regulations with this new tournament structure. These regulations is scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2022.


Those Member Associations, NPCs, BWF Recognised Para Badminton Organisations that are interested in hosting a Para Badminton World Circuit 2022 tournament can download the bid documents via this link.


Syahmi Sabron – [email protected]