a male Para badminton player in a wheelchair cheers after scoring a point

Chan Ho Yuen


Chan Ho Yuen exploded in the Para badminton scene late in 2018 and has continued his upward trajectory in the men’s singles WH 2. 

The Hong Kong athlete delivered the upset of the year when he defeated South Korea’s Kim Jungjun at the Australia International; Kim had won all his singles matches since his debut in 2012. 

Kim remains the No. 1 in the world, but the two have gone back-and-forth throughout the 2019 season. This year, the two have met four times at an international final, with Chan winning in Canada and Turkey.

With Chan as the exciting new talent, he will be watched carefully at the 2019 World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. 

Chan, at 22 years old, was involved in a car accident in 2008 that led to the amputation of his left leg.

Before his accident, Chan played badminton and football regularly. His mother encouraged his ambition to become Hong Kong’s first wheelchair badminton player.