Gathering experience against the infallible Asians. This was Lukáš Kyncl's premiere at the World Para Badminton Championships


A lot of experience, a lot of experiences and opponents who are on a different level. Such was for Lukáš Kyncl the recently finished World Para-Badminton Championships in Tokyo, Japan. The Czech player came across real stars in the group - Thai Sriboran and local Nishimoto. "Even though I scored only 19 points in two matches, I am not disappointed with my performance," says the player, for whom it was his first time at an event of this format.

Kyncl competed in Group E at the top event, where he faced Thailand's Anuwat Sriboran on the first day of the entire tournament. "The opponent was incredibly fast, just like the other opponent, both players were also extremely confident in their shots," said Kyncl, who after the initial defeat was not able to keep up with the home team's Keita Nishimura and lost to him 0:2. "From Europe, only Thomas Wandschneider from Germany and Frenchman David Toupé can compete with Asian players," said the Czech representative of the most populous continent.

Apart from the matches themselves, he also enjoyed the atmosphere of the tournament and was logically happy for the new experience. "The championship was perfectly organized, the Japanese were precise as always and my goals? I will keep working on myself to get better," the Para-Badminton player, who has only been playing the sport for just over three years, has his motivation taken care of.

However, he will now wait for some time for more tournaments, so he can throw his strength fully into training. "Next season will be a new challenge, I would like to play 2 tournaments on the world circuit, probably the International Championships of Spain and Thailand. Then I'm also going to the Czech Open in Prague, Polish Open, Slovak Open and I'm looking forward to the European Championships," Kyncl specified his plans for 2023.

His coach Tomas Voves also travelled with the Czech player to the land of the rising sun and praised his ward's performance despite the clear defeats. "Lukáš showed improvement in several areas, but the Asians clearly dominate our sport," reported the Badminton Sharks Brno coach after his arrival following the group matches.

Unlike the Para-Badminton player, he decided to outline even more plans, not only for Kyncl, for the next period, in addition to the finished World Championships. "Next year, after 5 years, the European Championships will finally take place and we want to send a record number of Czech players. We are also interested in bringing more foreign opponents to the Czech Para Badminton Open, and in order to do that we have decided to hold the WCR in Prague, where there is better access to the airport. The date of the championship is set for the last weekend of May 27-28, 2023."

We wish parabadminton an even greater participation in such important events in the future. However, for this we also need a broader base. Therefore, do not hesitate and if you like this sport, contact the parabadminton coordinator Pavla Grycova (725 048 138, or the parabadminton coach in Brno Tomáš Vovs (725 891 077,

If a new person joins a club interested in coaching parabadminton, please let us know about them and invite them to the tournament in Prague.

Full results of the World Para-Badminton Championships can be found here.

Jan Nováček