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Para Taekwondo in Paris 2024

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

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

World Taekwondo (WT) first starteddeveloping Para Taekwondo in 2006 by starting the Para Taekwondo Committee tohelp develop and promote taekwondo among physically impaired athletes with limbdeficiency or arm amputee and held its first ever World Championship in Baku,Azerbaijan in 2009.

However following an unsuccessful betto be included in the 2016 Rio Para Olympics, WT decided to form a"Workgroup" in 2013 to make an evaluation on the ways for Parataekwondo to be more successful and find its way to the Para Olympic Games in2020.

At the recommendation of this workgroup after meetings with "Cerebral Palsy International Sports andRecreation Association" (CPISRA) and "International Sports Federationfor Persons with an Intellectual Disability" (INAS) World Taekwondodecided to change its format and develop Para Taekwondo to make it availablefor athletes of all disabilities.

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

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

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