Four victories, three defeats for the Greek athletes of badminton

Special Olympics Badminton games continued today successfully. The Greek team made an impressive appearance. Four athletes continued victoriously to the next round, while the remaining three were defeated. Ioannis Stefanos, Anastassios Kaoullis, Moustafa Moustafa and Kitsitzi Otslan qualified to the next round. Despite their good appearance and performance, Dimitris Georgiadis, Mehmet Aptoula and Theologos Parousis didn’t make it. Nevertheless, they all made their federal coaches Chryssoula Sipka and George Ioannides proud that they participated and fought for the best, throughout the games

11-year-old badminton champion



















Anna Antonopoulou is the youngest athlete of the Greek badminton Special Olympics team. She is only 11 years old. She competed against Sami Sebam from Libya in a game which was an absolute derby. By her passion and insistence she achieved the victory 2-1 that gave her pass to the finals. During the game Anna openly expressed her emotions, while her parents watched her with enthusiasm from the tribunes. After the game Anna stated that she is very happy for the victory and hopes to get the gold medal. “I want this victory. I am very happy to compete among the best athletes in Special Olympics. I love my parents, my coach and all the people who supported me during the game”

Five wins for the Greek Athletes in Badminton

Yiannis Stefanatos achieved a great distinction in Badminton.

The Special Olympics Athlete beat Yim Cheuk Wing  2-0 ( Score:21-14, 23-21). During the first set Yiannis was the protagonist of the game while in the second he was nervous so the game went up to extra time.


“I was very anxious but now I’m happy with the result. I want to win the gold. I want to win for Greece”, he said after the game. Four more Special Olympic Athletes began in the preliminary round with great success.

Dimitrios Georgiadis, Anstastis Kaoulis, Theologos Parousis and Ojan Kilitzi won their first games in the Special Olympics in the Badminton field at the Hellenikon Complex.

Enrique Men and Tziordi Tennis traveled the valleys of the Pyrenees To the Hellinikon Olympic complex

The Principality of Andorra will have two representatives in the sport of Badminton at the World Games Special Olympics «Athens 2011».
Enrique Men and Tziordi Tennis traveled the valleys of the Pyrenees and started workouts at the indoor courts of the Greek in order to claim a distinction in the Athens organization.
 The first impressions of them are positive. Thanks to the ‘City – Amphitryon “were given the opportunity to stay in the Western Peloponnese and visit Ancient Olympia. “The hospitality was amazing and beautiful landscapes. We liked the Ancient Olympia where the ancient Olympic Games, “said the athletes.
The Tziordi Tennis has won several awards at international tournaments in the sport of Badminton. He works for the Government of Andorra. From the good athletes considered and Enrique man who in his country working in a printing company

Information access Hellinikon Complex (HELC)

How access to sports facility
By car:
Poseidon Avenue-From: At the height of St. Cosmas and turn at the lights of the Olympic facilities, where the entry of Olympic Properties (center Fencing).
Vouliagmeni Avenue-From: Heading towards Glyfada, turn right onto Avenue Alimos and at the end of the road, turn left under the bridge – towards Greek – Glyfada. Then, after 1.5 kms, Agios Kosmas, turn left at the lights of the Olympic facilities (entrance exposure).
-From National Road Athens-Lamia: At the end of the highway, exit to
Glyfada, follow through towards Greek coast. Then your path is the same as that of Neptune Avenue.
-From airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”: Leaving the airport
and direction to follow the road to Athens Weight – Glyfada.Continue with Weights – Glyfada by Varis – Koropi and at the end of the road leading to the quay at the height of Vouliagmeni, where you turn right towards Glyfada – Greek. For about 5 km away your path is through Poseidon Avenue where you turn right at the traffic lights at the Olympic facilities of Agios Kosmas.
-From Attiki Odos: Select the output to the regional Hymettus where you end up at the end of Attiki Odos. Along local roads towards Vouliagmenis reach the junction with Avenue Alimos. Then your path is the same as the “From Vouliagmenis. 

In other transportation:

From Omonia Square:
Bus line A2-Academy Council (through Amfitheas Avenue), starting with University Street (Academy) and alight at the stop “St. second world” is located on Poseidon Avenue.
-Metro: Boarding Station “Omonia” (Line 2) to “St. Demetrius.Transferring to an end station “St. Dimitrios “and from there you board the bus: Line 27 x Ag Demetrios Greek-express and get off at stop located at Airport West Greek (in street Poseidon Avenue).From there, follow the path round the stadium is basketball and head to the Fencing Hall.
From the Constitution:
-Tram: line T5 ‘Plato’ Constitution-Swimming Glyfada bus stop “second Agios Kosmas, on Neptune Avenue, right at the height of the Fencing Hall.
From Piraeus
Bus: Line 96 x D. Piraeus Athens Airport starting from Karaiskaki Square (just outside of Metro Piraeus) and get off at stop ‘first Agios Kosmas’ located on Poseidon Avenue, right at the height of the Fencing Hall.
-Metro: Boarding Piraeus Station (line 1) and alight at the station “Faliro, from there by tram: line T3” Thucydides’ SEF – Swimming Glyfada where you disembark at “2nd St. Kosmas located onPoseidon Avenue, right at the height of the Fencing Hall.
From Glyfada-Voula:
Bus-line 96 x D-Piraeus Athens airport express, starting from the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and disembark at “first Agios Kosmas, on Neptune Avenue, right at the height of the Fencing Hall.
T3 tram-line “Thucydides’ Swimming Glyfada – S.E.F starting with” Swimming Glyfada and disembark at “2nd St. Kosmas located on Poseidon Avenue, right at the height of the Fencing Hall.
Bus Lines-A 1, B 1 Ano Glyfada – Athens, with a landing at “2nd St. Cosmas.
Bus-line 140 Glyfada-Polygon starting in Glyfada Square and alight at “2nd St. Kosmas
From Station “Larissa”:
-Metro: Boarding Station ‘Stadium. Larissa station (line 2) direction to “St. Dimitrios “and alighting at the station” Neos Kosmos “. From there, the tram boarding line T5 ‘Plato’ Constitution-Swimming Glyfada and get off at “2nd St. Cosmas’ on Neptune Avenue, right at the height.


HELC – Κλειστό Γυμναστήριο Αίθουσα-Ξιφασκία 1,2: Χάντμπολ – Μπάντμιντον – (Νέοι Αθλητές) / MATP, Γυμναστική – Ρυθμική Γυμναστική

The facilities were held during the Olympic Games, the sports of Basketball and Fencing (Arena & Hall events). The two buildings are linked by a “connecting building, which includes a large number of ancillary rooms and offices.

In the above areas have already successfully organized concerts, exhibitions and sporting events.

The two buildings are located in the western part of the Greek in an area 109.000t.m. By adapting and extending the great hall of Olympic Airways, an indoor stadium and a warm-up and service spaces athletes, government agents and representatives of alpine type, which was the Olympic Basketball Centre.

The basketball stadium has 7036 seats and the seating capacity to use the racing arena goes to 10,000 people. The payload on the pitch height is 19m and the arena of land stretching from 1.066tm to 1.784tm when telescopic stands are closed. On the ground floor is the warm-up of the site 1.000sqm and other complementary areas average size 250sqm.

In the top tier and overlooking the pitch, there are five appointed VIP rooms.

Also, by adjusting the small hall of Olympic Airways was established in Olympic Fencing Center, a facility with a useful open space 6.800tm and 16m height. This facility offers a utility room alternatively 1.200 sq.m. and smaller areas that can be used as office space, production, hosting and storage.

The two buildings are linked with syndetirio building that houses offices and ancillary areas.

In these facilities there is the possibility of parking from 700 to 5,000 seats.

In the Closed Room and Indoor Athletics Fencing Hall during the Athens 2011 Games will be used as follows:

The Covered Hall Athletics will be the events of Gymnastics – Rhythmic Gymnastics, the Fencing Hall Closed it made the events of Handball – Badminton and the organization of the program ” Young Athletes)/ MATP ” and for Syndetirio building will become a center of uniforms and Accreditation.


Olympic Indoor Hall


1. Events

Women’s Events 

  • Horse Jumping
  • Asymmetrical parallel bars
  • Balance Beam
  • Floor Exercises
  • Advanced Personal 
 (total sum 
 scoring in four 

Games Men 

  • Floor Exercises
  • Side Horse
  • Rings
  • Horse Jumping
  • Parallel bars
  • Horizontal bar
  • Advanced Personal 
 (total sum 
 scoring in six 

2. Instructions for Form

• The / The 
 entitled to declare 
 participation in a 
 more events 
 or in 
 Composite Individual. 
 (All the 
 events should be 
 is in 
 same level).

• The level 
 the athletes are 
• The level 
 the athletes are 
 free programs 
 (According to 
 the regulations of 
 the music).

— Gymnastics

1. Events

• Level 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Rope Ball, 
 Ribbon Clubs, 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Ball Clubs, 
 Advanced Individual

2. Instructions for Form

• Each athlete 
 entitled to declare 
 participation in 
 one or more
events or 
 in Advanced Individual 
 (All the 
 events should be 
the same level).
• The levels 
 athletes are required
• The level 
 the gymnasts perform 
 free programs. 
athletes have individual 
 choreography with music 
 selection of
 (according to 
 the regulations of 
 the music).

Fencing Hall Closed

1. Events


2. Instructions for participation

• Each athlete 
 may be involved 
 and the three 

3. Athletic Apparel 
• All the 
 athletes should be 
 have their own 
 badminton racket.
• The participants 
 is obliged to 
 struggling with the 
planned athletic clothing.
• The 
 color of clothing 
 is optional. 
 In double 
 and mixed in 
the players of the same 
 group should be 
 struggling with uniform 
• In 
 back of jersey 
 may be a 
 the name of 
 The letters of 
 should not be 
the larger 
 cm in height 
• Only 
 shoes with white 
 soles or shoes 
 not to leave 
signs permitted in 
 playing field.
• The wings 
 the race is 

4. Signs transmitters

• The league 
 conducted in accordance with 
 the official 
Regulations of 
 International Badminton Federation 
Game on 
 points in 
 each one).


1. Categories

• Men
• Women

2. Instructions for Form

• Maximum size 
• National 
 missions which are 
 involved with 
 more of a 
groups in sport should 
 to indicate different 
 Head Coach 
 for each 
 one of the 
 their teams.

3. Sports equipment

• The color 
’s jersey number 
 each athlete must 
 is a clear 
contrast with that of 
 the jersey.
• Each team 
 need to have 
 two sets of uniforms 
 A light colored 
 for the
Games where 
 appears as 
 and a dark 
their struggles 
 which appears as 
• The players 
 land each group 
 have to bear 
 similar between the 
• The goalkeeper 
 each group must 
 to bear shirt 
distinct different color from 
 that of teammates 
 and opponents of 
 between them.
• In 
 not allowed to 
 bear any object 
can be 
 is dangerous for 
 the same or 
 their opponents. 
 any kind 
 face mask or
• The 
 jersey numbers of 
 players can be 
 is from the 
 to the 
jersey number each player 
 is unique, 
 within the meaning 
 that with 
 the specific number 
 the specific 
 athlete will strive 
over ‘
 throughout the duration 
 the tournament.
• Goalkeeper 
 who fights as 
 golf player, 
 should be 
shirt bearing 
 similar to that 
 Playmate of the 
 (pale or 
 with jersey number 
 same with this 
 who had to 
 shirt the goalkeeper.
• The number 
 rear side of 
 shirt should be 
 is minimal 
 while in front 
• The leader 
 group may be 
 armband bearing width 
- about-
 million and color 
 clearly different from 
 that shirt.
• The name 
 the Program or 
 the athlete can 
 to be printed 
the rear side of 
 while the name 
 the program can 
be displayed and the 
 front side.

4. Points of Emphasis 
 Special Regulations

• Group the 
 which appears in 
 space race with 
 number of players 
lesser of seven 
 excluded from the 
• In games 
 be used 
 female ball 
 # 2, 
• Day 
 Rubber flooring 
 Taraflex ®.
• Duration 
 Half X 
 20 ‘
• Rating: 
 The phase of 
⇒ winner 
⇒ Draw 
 for each group
⇒ defeated 

—-Μotor Activity Training Program

The “MATP” program offers opportunities for everyone. It is a non-competitive program that aims to improve the physical abilities of the participants through circuit training.

The “MATP” program is designed for:

Persons with severe or profound disability

Persons who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics sports, because of their physical and behavioral limitations

Purpose of the “MATP” Program is to help Athletes:

Improve in motor skills and functional ability

Improve physical condition

Provide more opportunities to perform sport activities

Enhance social adjustment through sport

Prepare athletes to integrate in the official training programs of Special Olympics

Basic information about the “MATP” program during the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011:

The program is designed in such a way that athletes according to their age, ability level and gender, rotate through several stations by participating in a set of basic activities, such as mobility, dexterity, flexibility, striking, kicking etc

—-Young Athletes

The Young Athletes Program is a training program, which aims to integrate new, young persons in the world of sports and especially in the Special Olympics family.

The program is designed for kids:

with intellectual disabilities aged 2-7 years old

The objective of the Young Athletes program is to:

Improve the physical and social development of young children through play activities

Welcome new family members with intellectually disabled children in the Special Olympics movement

Raise awareness of children with intellectual disabilities

Prepare children to integrate in the official training programs of Special Olympics, when they reach the age of 8

Basic information about the “Young Athletes” program during the Special Olympics World Summer Games- ATHENS 2011:

Participants: 60 children with intellectual disabilities aged 2-7 years old from special schools and foundations of Attica

The program is designed in such a way that children, according to their age, ability level, and gender can pass through a series of activities including:

Coordination skills

Walking & running

Balance & jumping

Throwing & trapping




Badminton Sport Special olympic

Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock (also known as a birdy) with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents’ half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor.

The shuttlecock (or shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game.

Since 1992, badminton has been an Olympic sport with five events: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair consists of a man and a woman. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.

This guide is designed to help you  become a better Badminton coach.

Get the downloadable badminton coaching guide in PDF format.

You can also download badminton rules.

From the Badminton Coaching Guide:

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 heartpumping 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. Some of the potential benefits derived from playing the sport of badminton include the following:

• Development of hand-eye coordination
• Development of muscular strength and endurance
• Development of cardiovascular fitness
• Development of footwork
• Development of sportsmanship behaviors
• Development of a social network of friends
• Development of a positive attitude for lifetime fitness through badminton.

Special Olympics Sports Skills Program


Special Olympics Badminton is a net and racket game where all participants have a physical or mental disability.
Special Olympics badminton is a form of badminton meant for athletes with physical or mental disabilities. Players volley a shuttlecock over a net that divides a rectangular court. If the shuttlecock hits the ground or lands out of bounds, points are scored. The player(s) with the most points win. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Goal of Special Olympics Badminton
The goal of badminton is to win more games than the opponent(s) and as a result, win the match.
Rules of Special Olympics Badminton
Play starts with a below the waist service to the opposite side of the court. The opposing player(s) must return the shuttlecock before it hits the ground. Points are scored by the player(s) that win a rally. The first player(s) to score 21 points win the game. The player(s) who win best of three games, wins the match.
History of Special Olympics Badminton
Badminton first appeared at the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Connecticut. The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games featured 107 Special Olympics athletes from 24 Programs participating in badminton competition. As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 34,421 Special Olympics athletes compete inbadminton.

Special Olympics Badminton Equipment
Special Olympics Badminton Safety
When playing pairs, one must use caution to avoid stepping into a teammates’ backswing.
Special Olympics Badminton Training
Special Olympics badminton players demonstrate the development of hand-eye coordination, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness and quick footwork. Badminton players have to manage reaction time demands, speed and endurance challenges.
Special Olympics Badminton Terminology
Attacking Clear – an offensive stroke hit deep into the opponent’s court

Backcourt – back third of the court, in the area of the back boundary lines

Backhand – the stroke used to return balls hit to the left of a right-handed player and to the right of a left-handed player

Base Position – the location in the center of the court to which a singles player tries to return after each shot; also called “center position”

Carry – an illegal stroke in which the shuttle is not hit, but caught and held on the racket before being released

Clear – a shot hit deep into the opponent’s court

Drive – a fast and low shot that makes a horizontal flight over the net

Drop Shot – a shot hit softly and with finesse to fall rapidly and close to the net in the opponent’s court

Flick – a quick wrist-and-forearm rotation used to surprise an opponent by changing an apparently soft shot into a faster passing shot

Forecourt – the front third of the court, between the net and the short service line

Forehand – the stroke used to return a ball hit to the right of a right-handed player and to the left of a left-handed player

Hairpin Net Shot – a shot made from below and very close to the net and causing the shuttle to rise, just clear the net, then drop sharply down the other side so that the flight of the shuttlecock resembles the shape of a hairpin

Halfcourt Shot – a shot hit low and to midcourt, used effectively in doubles play against the up-and-back formation

High Clear – a defensive shot hit deep into the opponent’s court

Kill – fast downward shot that cannot be returned

Let – a minor violation of the rules allowing a rally to be replayed

Passing Shot – a shot which passes the opposing player or team

Push Shot – a gentle shot played by pushing the shuttlecock with a little wrist motion

Serve – the stroke used to put the shuttlecock into play at the start of each rally; also called a “service”

Smash – a hard-hit overhead shot that forces the shuttle sharply downwards into the opponent’s court

Wood Shot – a legal shot in which the shuttle hits the frame of the racket




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