Para-badminton will have 14 medal events on the Tokyo 2020 programme ©BWF

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have reportedly claimed they will appeal the decision to omit the men’s doubles SU5 event from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

It comes after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the final medal event programme and athlete quotas for the Games in Japan's capital.

Badminton has been allocated 90 athlete slots, 44 for men and 46 for women.

Seven of the 14 medal events will be for men, while six will be for women and the other will be mixed.

Badminton's programme for Tokyo 2020 features singles, doubles and mixed doubles with an emphasis on singles in an attempt to ensure a wider range of National Paralympic Committees can qualify athletes.

The medal events offer opportunities for wheelchair players, standing players and short stature players to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

BAM have expressed disappointment the men’s doubles SU5 event, which is for players with mild limb impairments in their upper limbs, does not feature.

Their doubles pairing of Cheah Liek Hou and Hairul Fozi Saaba won gold at the 2015 World Championships in London and would be expected to be medal contenders if the event was at Tokyo 2020.

“I’m shocked,” BAM President Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria told Malaysian website The Star.

“We’ll appeal to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to relook into the Tokyo Paralympics programme.

“We have a good chance to win gold in this event.”

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer welcomed the programme when it was announced earlier this month ©Getty Images
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer welcomed the programme when it was announced earlier this month ©Getty Images

The men’s programme for Tokyo 2020 features singles events in two wheelchair categories, as well as two for standing players and short stature athletes.

A wheelchair doubles event for men features on the programme.

There are two wheelchair singles events for women, with one for standing players and short stature players.

A further two women’s events are doubles, while there is one mixed doubles competition.

It appears unlikely any appeal would prove successful, with the BWF having already expressed their happiness at the programme for para-badminton’s debut Paralympic Games appearance.

"BWF is committed to producing an inspiring Para-badminton debut that adds value to the Tokyo 2020 sports programme,” BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said earlier this month.

"Now we know the overall number of Para-badminton athletes for Tokyo 2020 and the medal events, we will turn our attention to the qualification process for the badminton competition."

The Tokyo 2020 qualification system for badminton is due to be finalised from September to November this year.

The IPC are due to publish the qualification guide in January 2018.

Between them, IFs submitted to the IPC in January 2017 proposals to include 4,979 athletes and 555 medal events at Tokyo 2020.

Rio 2016 featured 4,328 athletes, who competed in 528 medal events.

The non-inclusion of football seven-a-side and sailing for Tokyo 2020 provided 192 athlete slots and four medal events.