At the recent Pan Am Individual Championships 2021, Badminton Pan Am Confederation, in collaboration with National Badminton Federation of Guatemala, introduced AirBadminton to the region via an official launch.
Conducted over two days to coincide with the latter stages of the tournament, the inclusive event to increase awareness of the new outdoor game attracted 20 participants (12 male, eight female), bringing together people of different backgrounds – Special Olympics Guatemala as well as Para badminton and Guatemalan youth players.
Day 1 (April 30)
Event on sandy surface was inaugurated by Badminton Pan Am President Vishu Tolan, who donated AirShuttles and rackets to Special Olympics Guatemala coach Pablo Natareno.
Day 2 (May 1)
Event on hard surface was inaugurated by Badminton Pan Am Chief Operating Officer German Valdez, who donated three AirBadminton kits to the National Badminton Federation of Guatemala.
The new outdoor game was demonstrated to participants and a few 3×3 and 2×2 exhibition matches took place.
The initiative helped raise the profile of the sport and encouraged more people to try AirBadminton for the first time.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Culture and Sports pledged to purchase AirShuttles for a nationwide programme to expand the reach of AirBadminton.
With the first official AirBadminton exhibition in the Americas out of the way, Badminton Pan Am next targets a similar activity during the Pan Am Junior Championships 2021 in Acapulco, Mexico next month.