About fifteen badminton players that make up the high-performance group of the Paraguayan Badminton Federation (FPB) train with the aim of representing the country in three major international competitions in the short and medium term: ODESUR de la Juventud in Rosario, Argentina, in April 2022 ; ODESUR Asunción in October 2022 and the Pan American Games that will take place in Chile in 2023.
Being a relatively new sport in the country, our athletes have the support of Shohei Yamamoto, a young Japanese man who, with the support of JICA, seeks to improve and raise the level of Badminton in Paraguay.
Yamamoto (27 years old), who will be the main coach for the next two years to prepare those who will represent the country in the aforementioned Games, has important achievements to his credit such as: Runner-up (team competition) in the national badminton tournament of private high schools; Runner-up (group competition) in the 2016 Kansai Student League Badminton Competition.
Yamamoto will also support by training local teachers from various clubs. The ultimate objective of its presence in the country is to underpin the development of sport in the territory and the technical level of high-performance players.
Thus, Yamamoto joins two other previous JICA volunteers in the Badminton theme, Messrs. Kentaro and Megu, who were coaches of the team and helped improve the level of Badminton in Paraguay.
It is estimated that between 350 and 400 people play Badminton today in Paraguay, distributed in 14 clubs in 8 cities of the country.