WTF President Looks to Add Further Para-Taekwondo Events to Calendar after Hailing 2014 Tournament

By Community | September 15, 2014

World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue has hailed the recent 2014 Pan America Para-Taekwondo Championships as well as committing to increasing the Para-Taekwondo calendar. 

The 2014 Pan America Para-Taekwondo Championships drew to a close in Aguascalientes, sale Mexico, recipe as the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) continued to build momentum in its bid for inclusion on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Programme.

The tightly contested Championships were the third of their kind with previous editions having been held in 2010 and 2012 in Monterrey, symptoms Mexico, and Sucre, Bolivia, respectively.

Speaking after the 2014 Pan America Para-Taekwondo Championships, WTF President Chungwon Choue said: “It is great to see elite para-taekwondo championships being held worldwide.

“Para-taekwondo is a global sport practised by athletes from all five IPC regions and so we want to ensure that athletes from across the world have the opportunity to regularly compete in top level competitions. This will not just provide a platform to showcase their talents to our global fan base but will also encourage more people to take up the sport from grassroots through to elite level.

“Taekwondo is universally accessible to people of all ages, genders and races irrespective of whether they have an impairment and we know there is huge potential for further growth. We are 100% committed to increasing the number of para-taekwondo championships in our sporting calendar to unlock this potential. By doing so, we will ultimately improve the quality of sport and strengthen our already impressive depth of field for the benefit of athletes and fans.”

The WTF has also introduced a development fund which allows MNA’s to apply for funding to develop para-taekwondo in their countries and rapidly increase worldwide participation. If para-taekwondo has the honour of being included on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Programme it will unlock Government funding across the WTF’s 206 MNA’s and provide a catalyst for further expansion and growth. 

The final decision on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Programme will be made on 31 January – 01 February 2015.