The Para Badminton World Championships began today in Tokyo ©Getty Images

Newcomers have faced a tough time in the opening round of the Para Badminton World Championships on the opening day in Tokyo, being on the wrong end of one-sided losses.

Ivory Coast's Deada Jean Yves Yao faced Colin Leslie of Scotland in the men's singles standing lower SL3 and was the first athlete from his country to play at the event.

"I feel very normal about it," said Yao.

"When people go through situations like mine, it makes people like me come to badminton.

"I hope I can inspire more people to take it up."

Despite the historic appearance, that was the end of the road for Yao as he was comfortably beaten in straight sets 21-14, 21-8.

Argentine Karina Loyola's journey to the Japanese capital was a challenging as she also represented her country for the first time.

She was forced to launch a crowdfunding campaign which eventually helped her to raised enough money to travel.

"It was a very expensive trip for me, I had to put together a lot of money and I was worried if I would be able to make it, but I'm here now," Loyola says.

"I was able to collect the money needed to travel from sponsors and from the people of Argentina."

Like Yao, Loyola was trounced in straight sets, this time by a 21-4, 21-8 score line in the women's singles SH6 but she remains optimistic for future events.

"There are more tournaments coming up," said the 33-year-old.

"The Pan American Championships in Cali, and then the next open in Peru, and the following South American Games in Peru as well.

"I'm happy I have more competitions to take part in very soon."

The Para Badminton World Championships are scheduled to end on Sunday (November 6).