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Para-badminton World Championships: GB’s Rachel Choong on living a sporting dream

Choong and Shephard were victorious at the Thailand Para-badminton International in August

Badminton’s debut at the Tokyo Paralympics was a bitter-sweet experience for Britain’s 10-time world champion Rachel Choong.

Having first picked up a racquet aged six, she was thrilled that the sport was to be part of the Games but that joy turned to disappointment when her category for female short-stature athletes was not among those included.

However, news that the programme would be expanded for 2024 and her SH6 division would have two events in Paris has changed the Crosby woman’s life and now part of the England Badminton full-time programme, she hopes that this week’s World Championships, back in Tokyo can take her closer to her Paralympic dream.

“I was so proud of everyone in Tokyo and their achievements, but there was still some sadness around the fact that I didn’t get the opportunity to…

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