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Para Taekwondo in Paris 2024

International Para Olympic Committee (IPC) has finally confirmed the inclusion of Para Taekwondo in the Games for the Paris Olympic in 2024.

President of World Taekwondo, Dr. Chung Won Choue was delighted with the news and said: "We have been working very hard to develop the sport and we have seen a huge growth in Para taekwondo in recent years and we are delighted that Para Taekwondo is included in Paris 2024."

"I want to thank the IPC for their continued trust in our sport and we have no doubt our athletes will repay this trust by putting on an excellent show at Paris 2024." Dr Choue said in an statement.

World Taekwondo (WT) first started developing Para Taekwondo in 2006 by starting the Para Taekwondo Committee to help develop and promote taekwondo among physically impaired athletes with limb deficiency or arm amputee and held its first ever World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2009.

However following an unsuccessful bet to be included in the 2016 Rio Para Olympics, WT decided to form a "Workgroup" in 2013 to make an evaluation on the ways for Para taekwondo to be more successful and find its way to the Para Olympic Games in 2020.

At the recommendation of this work group after meetings with "Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association" (CPISRA) and "International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability" (INAS) World Taekwondo decided to change its format and develop Para Taekwondo to make it available for athletes of all disabilities.

WT also decided to select Poomsae to be a part of competitions and to be performed by Neurologically, Intellectually and Visually Impaired athletes.

Para Taekwondo with its new format was unveiled in Moscow during the 5th WT World Para Taekwondo Championships and later was included as a demonstration sport during the 2015 INAS Global Games and the 2015 CPISRA World Games.

On January 31st, 2017 Para Taekwondo found its way to the Para Olympic Games when it was confirmed as a sport for the 2020 Tokyo Para Olympic Games at the the International Para-Olympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly.